Entangled Heritage: Tourism, Vernacular Religion, and Wedding Rituals in Hisor, Tajikistan


Benjamin Gatling (George Mason University)

This paper considers the varied social and symbolic work of Hisor, Tajikistan as a cultural heritage site. Hisor carries with it an array of seemingly conflicting meanings; Hisor exists as a tourist site for Tajikistan’s middle class, a place of pilgrimage for the pious, a materialization of school curricula, as well as a component in local wedding rituals. This paper details how the heritage practices and discourses associated with Hisor suggest how heritage’s temporal ambivalence operates on the ground in post-Soviet Central Asia.

Part of 62-02 Tourism and Heritage Discourses, Saturday, October 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm