Part 1: what is the Holy Land experience? Why does Wharton refer to the holy land experience as a
“spectacle” and insists that it is not a relic, not a replica, and not even a reproduction of Jerusalem?
You do not have to agree with her. CRITICALLY THINK ABOUT THIS!
Living beautiful museum (The holy land experience, Orlando)
The point was the founder made it as a point of touching, feeling, seeing something
about Jerusalem and as a mean of education (part 2)
The holy land as a spectacle – the fans/tourists go to see it all happen. Wharton -As a
performance that demands attentions but refuses reciprocity – sitting safe at the
sidelines but no one will give you back the attention.
The holy land experience can be dangerous because they could go there that what
would be getting would be real (of course they knew that they were not in Jerusalem).
The educational aspect of the theme park.
Why does Wharton refer to the holy land experience as a “spectacle” and insists that it is not a relic, not
a replica, and not even a reproduction of Jerusalem?
A souvenir must travel – it’s a sign (symbol) of what it represents. It accommodates the material and
spiritual – Wharton.
Relic – even though it is not a piece of wood from the real cross, but they believe it is a piece of wood
that was in contact with Jesus (his body).
THERE IS A LINK THAT EXPLAINS THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN RELICS, SOUVENIRS, AND REPLICA.
You have to tease out what replica is to give an answer. What does it mean to her to deny that the holy
land is a replica?
Part 2 : what sort of Christians will be travelling to Florida to see the holy land? How Wharton
distinguishes between the holy land experience (the theme park - unitary) and the Holy Sepulchre
(shrine - heterogeneous). What is the difference between those two?
Its old, broken up, dirty
The theme park – you have to pay to see it, the immaculate cleanliness.) pilgrims vs tourists
Expectations of what to see when you see the real place and the theme park.
The marks of the pilgrims who have been there before over thousands of years vs the
Who is going there? Pilgrims pouring oil and taking it home t