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p. 634. Practices, motives, and experienceslocked

  • Ian Reader

Abstract

‘Practices, motives, and experiences’ considers why people undertake pilgrimages, the ways that they shape and perform them, and how the journeys affect them. It shows that pilgrimage is neither separate from the normal lives of participants nor transitory in nature: some people become permanent pilgrims, constantly on the road. While pilgrimage can be about being restless and wanting to get away from normal daily existences to find things anew, it also is closely associated with reinforcing the everyday nature of existence. Similarly, while it involves going away from home to places where something spiritually potent and empowering may be encountered, it also is associated with thoughts about home.

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