Sacred Journeys: The Anthropology of Pilgrimage

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This interdisciplinary collection is a new landmark in the study of the world's pilgrimage traditions. Experts from many disciplines approach the subject from a variety of perspectives that are designed to lead to the understanding of pilgrimage in general. Specific case studies represent most of the major religious traditions of the world. Anthropologists, historians, sociologists, social psychologists, and students of religion will find that these theoretical and case studies ...

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Overview

This interdisciplinary collection is a new landmark in the study of the world's pilgrimage traditions. Experts from many disciplines approach the subject from a variety of perspectives that are designed to lead to the understanding of pilgrimage in general. Specific case studies represent most of the major religious traditions of the world. Anthropologists, historians, sociologists, social psychologists, and students of religion will find that these theoretical and case studies suggest new areas for further research.

Alan Morinis presents a many faceted examination of sacred journeys in India, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, West Asia, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean. The introduction provides a framework for the case studies which follow. In-depth accounts of patterns of pilgrimage ranging from Hindu practices to a comparison of Catholic and Baptist pilgrimage in Haiti and Trinidad, to a narration of a Maori sacred journey, provide valuable comparative information. Pilgrimage is viewed in relation to methodological issues, and an analysis is offered showing how pilgrimage and tourism are related. Victor Turner's foreword and Colin Turnbull's postscript lend authoritative weight to this increasingly significant field of study.

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ALAN MORINIS received his doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
I Theoretical Issues
1 Spiritual Magnetism: An Organizing Principle for the Study of Pilgrimage 31
2 Pilgrimage and Tourism: Convergence and Divergence 47
II Case Studies
3 The Great Maharashtrian Pilgrimage: Pandharpur and Alandi 65
4 Velankanni Calling: Hindu Patterns of Pilgrimage at a Christian Shrine 89
5 Persistent Peregrination: From Sun Dance to Catholic Pilgrimage Among Canadian Prarie Indians 101
6 Pilgrimage and Heresy: The Transformation of Faith at a Shrine in Wisconsin 115
7 Pilgrimages in the Caribbean: A Comparison of Cases from Haiti and Trinidad 135
8 Pilgrim Narratives of Jerusalem and the Holy Land: A Study in Ideological Distortion 149
9 Pilgrimage and Its Influence on West African Islam 169
10 Specialists in Miraculous Action: Some Shrines in Shiraz 189
11 Sanctification Overland: The Creation of a Thai Buddhist Pilgrimage Center 211
12 Mission to Waitangi: A Maori Pilgrimage 233
Postscript: Anthropology as Pilgrimage, Anthropologist as Pilgrim 257
Contributors 275
References 279
Index 309
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