From The Holy Land To Graceland
Sacred People, Places and Things In Our Lives
Graceland is a great deal more than an uncontrollably well known notable house and vacationer goal related with an acclaimed performer, and Elvis Presley is a great deal more than the King of Rock “n” Roll. As previous Walters Art Museum executive and medievalist Gary Vikan indicates us in his captivating new book, Graceland, the second-most went to memorable house in the U.S., is a locus sanctus — a sacred place—and Elvis is its occupant holy person, while the swarms of fans that pack Elvis Presley Boulevard in Memphis are cutting edge pioneers, associated in soul and practice to their initial Christian partners, sharing an interest for symbols and iconography, relics, trinkets, votives, and even a faith in supernatural occurrences. Vikan uncovers the development of contemporary heavenly spots—Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan, the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, the Grassy Knoll in Dallas, Place de l’Alma in Paris—and demonstrates to us that the holy people of our day are our “martyred” common charismatics, from Elvis to John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson, and others.