1st Edition

Redefining Pilgrimage New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Pilgrimages

Edited By Antón M. Pazos Copyright 2014
    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    198 Pages
    by Routledge

    Exploring what does and what does not constitute pilgrimage, Redefining Pilgrimage draws together a wide variety of disciplines including politics, anthropology, history, religion and sociology. Leading contributors offer a broad range of case studies from a wide geographical area, exploring new ways of approaching pilgrimage beyond the classical religious model. Re-thinking the global phenomenon of pilgrimages in the 21st century, this book offers new perspectives to redefine pilgrimage.

    Antón M. Pazos

    1 Conventional and Unconventional Pilgrimages: Conceptualizing Sacred Travel in the Twenty-First Century
    Ellen Badone

    2 Old Pilgrimages, New Meanings; New Pilgrimages, Old Forms: From the Ganges to Graceland
    David M. Gitlitz

    3 Pilgrimage and the American Myth
    George Greenia

    4 Heaven on Earth: Political Pilgrimages and the Pursuit of Meaning and Self-Transcendence
    Paul Hollander

    5 Israeli Youth Voyages to Holocaust Poland: Through the Prism of Pilgrimage
    Jackie Feldman

    6 The Pilgrimage to the Hill of Crosses: Devotional Practices and Identities
    Darius Liutikas and Alfonsas Motuzas

    7 The Saint and His Cat: Localization of Religious Charisma in Contemporary Russian Orthodox Pilgrimages
    Jeanne Kormina

    8 Walking to Mother Teresa’s Grave
    Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC

    9 Reformulations of the Pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela
    Linda Kay Davidson


    Antón M. Pazos is Vice Director of the Instituto de Estudios Gallegos Padre Sarmiento (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC) in Santiago de Compostela and President of the Commission Internationale d'Histoire et d'Études du Christianisme (CIHEC).

    'This book is essential reading for anybody interested in understanding contemporary pilgrimage. It takes us round the world with vivid and sometimes unexpected case-studies, but also rigorously tests established theories and categories. Above all, we learn of the vital significance of pilgrimage, in its conventional and unconventional forms.' Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada