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p. 202. Forms, themes, and meaningslocked

  • Ian Reader

Abstract

‘Forms, themes, and meanings’ considers what is meant by ‘pilgrimage’. Pilgrimage incorporates three main elements: travel and movement; veneration in some form; and a special place or places considered to have some deep significance, often associated with sacred figures or founders. Pilgrims are people who travel to and perform acts of meaningful significance, such as praying and performing rituals at and on the route to such special places. The journey can have both real and symbolic meanings. Pilgrimage can provide the setting for expressions of individual development and self-awareness along with a group-related sense of togetherness and belonging, while also providing potential for contest and conflict.

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