Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction

Pilgrimage: A Very Short Introduction

by Ian Reader


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ISBN-13: 9780198718222
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2015
Series: Very Short Introductions Series
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 701,169
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ian Reader is a Professor of Religious Studies at Lancaster University. He has held several previous positions at other universities, including the University of Manchester, UK; the Nordic Institute for Asian Studies, Denmark; the University of Hawaii, USA; and Kansai Gaidai University, Japan. He has published several books and numerous articles on Japanese religious dynamics and practices, including Making Pilgrimages: Meaning and Practice in Shikoku (University of Hawaii Press, 2005), Pilgrimage in the Marketplace (Routledge, 2013), an edited volume Pilgrimage in the Japanese Tradition (with Paul L. Swanson, as a special edition of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 1997), and several journal articles and book chapters.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the multiple forms of pilgrimage
2. Examining pilgrimage: forms, types, and interpretations
3. Pilgrimages worldwide: a global and historical outline
4. Motives and means: Asceticism and the package tour
5. Tourism, entertainment, relics, and souvenirs
6. Modern developments, secular sites, and the reshaping of pilgrimage
7. Conclusion: an ever-changing phenomenon
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