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Examining the Norse mythology and the archetype of Odin: The inception of Grand Tour

Maximiliano E. Korstanje ; University of Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puni tekst: engleski pdf 140 Kb

str. 369-384

preuzimanja: 1.758



The role of Norse mythology has been ignored by historians for long time. The evolution of tourism in manuals and guide-books bespeak the legacy of Rome and Greece as cultural matrixes of our civilization. However, we strongly believe that tourism was possible by means of the articulation of two contrasting needs, the curiosity and knowledge that shaped the Grand Tour in Medieval times. As a result of this, it is hypothesized Norse-mythology played a crucial role in the inception of tourism. First of all, the archetype of Wodan/Odin, the upmost God, refers to a mobile deity whose primary interests were linked to wander elsewhere. In form of animal, Odin preferred to visit different reigns in order to know further about the customs, idiosyncrasy and lore of each folk. This act conferred to him wisdom. The mythical structures of Ancient Germans, an ethnicity compounded and structured around several mobile and nomadic tribes, needed the hospitality as an institution that allowed their ongoing geographical expansion. The thesis of this research is that Norse mythology contributed to the inception of "Grand Tour". Also, would have the Grand Tour be possible in other country than England? This research contradicts the existent conceptual framework, first and foremost, the Anglo-view that said the origin of tourism is a modern phenomenon. We have collected evidence enough to confirm The Norse mythology and the archetype of Anglo-world contributed to the inception of Grand Tour and tourism. This triggers and innovates in a new direction respecting to the epistemology of tourism.

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Norse mythology; wander; tourism; mobility; Grand Tour

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