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p. 433. More than miracleslocked

  • Ian Reader

Abstract

While miraculous tales, apparitions, associations with religious leaders, the claimed presence of deities, and striking geographical features may all be important elements in pilgrimage, their presence does not automatically mean that the places where they occur will become flourishing pilgrimage sites. Issues of accessibility and the ways in which various interest groups promote and support the development of pilgrimage cults are also significant factors. ‘More than miracles’ considers the well-known pilgrimage sites at Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela, Shikoku, Mecca, Hardwar, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, and the site of a popular folk deity in Vietnam to learn more about their emergence and to look at how important, practical considerations played a role in their development.

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