Accession Number : ADA319273

Title :   The Therapeutic Landscape of a Marian Apparition Site in Conyers, Georgia.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NORTH CAROLINA UNIV AT CHAPEL HILL DEPT OF GEOGRAPHY

Personal Author(s) : Sweeney, Tara L.

PDF Url : ADA319273

Report Date : 09 DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 117

Abstract : Since October 13, 1990, the Virgin Mary and Her son, Jesus Christ, have been appearing to a local woman in Conyers, Georgia. This research effort in no way attempt to validate the appearances of these holy persons. Instead, this study focuses on the impact such heavenly apparitions are having on the landscape of and the people visiting the apparition site known as The Farm. This thesis utilizes a cultural geographic analysis of the events occurring in Conyers, Georgia, and addresses concepts such as therapeutic landscape, symbolic landscape, and sense of place. The main focus of the thesis is to elucidate whether this apparition site can be considered a therapeutic landscape. This research fits into and contributes to the new humanistic cultural geography. The goals of this study are to determine what factors contribute to the therapeutic value of Conyers' landscape and why pilgrims attach significance and meaning to this place.

Descriptors :   *THERAPY, *VISUAL PERCEPTION, *PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), *GEORGIA, IMPACT, ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), THESES, TERRAIN, SYMBOLS, VALUE, CULTURE, GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY).

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE