Duarte Nuno da Silva Vieira Chaves
Religiosity and collective memory in cultural tourism context. Dressing religious sculptures in Azores, and Madeira Islands: Five centuries of a shared heritage
Area of RIS3: Turismo
Institution Center: CHAM - Centro de História d'Aquém e d'Além Mar
State: ongoing

“The current project aims to contribute to the creation of a common language to the various actors involved in the area of cultural and religious tourism. We have projected an investigation within the geographical scope of the Portuguese Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira. In addition to the strengthening of cultural links between these regions, the project proposes a set of comparative studies that provide a better understanding and knowledge about the contexts and contents of some religious catholic manifestations dedicated to the worship and veneration of the people who is devoted to the saints. In this perspective, the cultural and religious tourism can and should be an invigorating element of the memory and identity of the people of these islands, ensuring the preservation of its heritage, allowing the different historical, anthropological and social, that are in their origin, making possible the integration of these events in the dynamics of promoting tourism, without losing their cultural identity. Religious tourism as a factor of local sustainability, cannot forget its commitment with history and memory itself. During the first half of the twentieth century, in the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, more than fifty events of popular religiosity, of Franciscan Order nature, from the 17th and 18th centuries, fell into oblivion, without which have been carried out studies that enabled its registration for future reference.”