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Redefining Pilgrimage

New Perspectives on Historical and Contemporary Pilgrimages, 1st Edition

Edited by Antón M. Pazos


198 pages

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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.


'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

Table of Contents


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

About the Editor

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).

About the Series

Compostela International Studies in Pilgrimage History and Culture

Compostela International Studies in Pilgrimage History and Culture
This series deals with the universal phenomenon of pilgrimage, understood in a wide sense, making available the latest research sponsored by the IEGPS. It focuses on historical, cultural, political and religious aspects of the subject, prioritizing multidisciplinary and diverse approaches and analyses, with volumes covering historical periods from the medieval to the modern and a world-wide geographical range.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / History
RELIGION / Holidays / General