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Explores the twelve stages common to all pilgrimages and describes sites, temples, landscapes, and shrines around the world, including Tibet, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Croagh Patrick in Ireland.
"When Dorothy Day sat down to record her thoughts in diary form, she wrote not only as the leader of the Catholic Worker movement but also as a mother, a grandmother, and a deeply religious woman who was passionate about everything from baking bread to prayer. But whether describing day-to-day happenings or exploring the writings of the saints, Day's reflections return to her abiding theme - the call to personal and public transformation. Her diary entries touch on numerous social and moral concerns still vital in our day: the disenfranchised poor, the benefits of meaningful work, the significance of family, the dangers of secularization, the decline of moral standards, and the importance of faith."--BOOK JACKET.
From the remarkably talented novelist comes an unforgettable travel memoir. In 1986 Jennifer Lash learned she had cancer, and after a painful operation, she embarked on a solitary pilgrimage through France to Spain. Travelling to places of contemporary Christian pilgrimage such as Lourdes, Lisieux and Taize, as well as making numerous stops in Vezelay, Le Puy, and Le Chaise-Dieu high in the forests of Auvergne, Saint-Gilles, she finished her pilgrimage at the celebratory phenomenon of Santiago de Compostela. Sensitive, humorous, courageous and inspiring, On Pilgrimage is the story of this incredible journey.
Although research on contemporary pilgrimage has expanded considerably since the early 1990s, the conversation has largely been dominated by Anglophone researchers in anthropology, ethnology, sociology, and religious studies from the United Kingdom, the United States, France and Northern Europe. This volume challenges the hegemony of Anglophone scholarship by considering what can be learned from different national, linguistic, religious and disciplinary traditions, with the aim of fostering a global exchange of ideas. The chapters outline contributions made to the study of pilgrimage from a variety of international and methodological contexts and discuss what the ‘metropolis’ can learn from these diverse perspectives. While the Anglophone study of pilgrimage has largely been centred on and located within anthropological contexts, in many other linguistic and academic traditions, areas such as folk studies, ethnology and economics have been highly influential. Contributors show that in many traditions the study of ‘folk’ beliefs and practices (often marginalized within the Anglophone world) has been regarded as an important and central area which contributes widely to the understanding of religion in general, and pilgrimage, specifically. As several chapters in this book indicate, ‘folk’ based studies have played an important role in developing different methodological orientations in Poland, Germany, Japan, Hungary, Italy, Ireland and England. With a highly international focus, this interdisciplinary volume aims to introduce new approaches to the study of pilgrimage and to transcend the boundary between center and periphery in this emerging discipline.
Vest explores the differences between sightseeing, vacationing, and pilgrimage, inviting us along on pilgrimages he has made to Durham Cathedral and the Island of Iona, to French abbeys and the island of St. Croix, to healing sites such as Holywell and Lourdes, and on a journey to his boyhood home. Vest also helps us plan for pilgrimage -- not only in the most practical sense, with checklists and guides, but as preparing ourselves for a change of place, opening ourselves to new experiences.

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