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p. 1006. Secular sites and contemporary developmentslocked

  • Ian Reader

Abstract

If pilgrimage is found almost universally across religious traditions, it has also, in modern contexts, become widely associated with places that have no specific religious affiliations or links to formal religious traditions. ‘Secular sites and contemporary developments’ describes a variety of themes and activities described as secular and nonreligious pilgrimages, along with other modern developments in which existing pilgrimage sites have acquired new dimensions and been reinterpreted in accord with contemporary trends, notably in the form of New Age activities. These include visits to the graves and homes of deceased celebrities, war memorials, places associated with seminal political figures, and itineraries relating to the search for cultural roots, identity, and heritage.

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