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Pilgrimage in Practice

Pilgrimage in Practice

Narration, Reclamation and Healing
CABI Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Series

Now Published!

Edited by I S McIntosh, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, USA, E M Quinn, College of Charleston, USA, V Keely, formerly Sydney College of Divinity, Australia

November 2018 / Hardback / 186 Pages / 9781786394996 £95.00 / €125.00 / $160.00
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Main Description

Pilgrimage in Practice: Narration, Reclamation and Healing provides an interdisciplinary approach to the topic. It reveals many aspects of the practice of pilgrimage, from its nationalistic facets to its effect on economic development; from the impact of the internet to questions of globalization; from pilgrimage as protest to pilgrimage as creative expression in such media as film, art and literature.

- Contests the very definitions of pilgrimage and challenges its paradigms.
- Provides multiple perspectives on the subject to give a rounded and comprehensive review.
- Covers past and present definitions of the sacred journey, the telling of stories, and historical injustices and their remedies through pilgrimage.

Perhaps best understood as a form of heritage tourism or tourism with a conscience, pilgrimage (as with touristic travel) contains a measure of transformation that is often deep and enduring, making it a fascinating area of study. Reviewing social justice in the context of pilgrimage and featuring a diverse collection of interdisciplinary voices from across the globe, this book is a rich collection of papers for researchers of pilgrimage and religious and heritage tourism.


Suitable for researchers and students of pilgrimage, religious and heritage tourism, as well as related subjects such as anthropology, sociology, theology, history and cultural studies.

    • Part I: Grounding Pilgrimage
  • 1: The Experience of Medieval Pilgrims on the Route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain: Evidence from the Twelfth Century Pilgrim’s Guide
  • 2: Pilgrimage: A Distinctive Practice
  • 3: Meshworks, Entanglements and Presencing Absence: Pilgrimages, Eastern Free State-style
    • Part II: Narrating Pilgrimage
  • 4: Pilgrim Writers in Dialogue
  • 5: Medieval Pilgrims in Modern Times: Buñuel’s The Milky Way
  • 6: Richard Burton: Disguise as Journey to the Self and Beyond
    • Part III: Reclaiming Pilgrimage
  • 7: Children’s Processions to Glasnevin: Contestation, Education, Recreation
  • 8: ‘Non-Sacred’ No More: The Pilgrimage Path Crucán na bPáiste and the Re-valuation of Irish Cultural Practices
  • 9: Spain’s Mystical Adventure: Walking in the Footsteps of Teresa of Ávila
    • Part IV: Healing and Reconciling through Pilgrimage
  • 10: Dreaming of Al-Quds (Jerusalem): Pilgrimage and Visioning
  • 11: The Future Generations Ride of the Lakota Sioux
  • 12: Pilgrimage and the Challenging of a Canadian Foundational Myth

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Keely is an historian. She spent many years in Sydney, Australia, where she lectured in history at the Roman Catholic Institute of Sydney and St Andrew's Greek Orthodox College and was Director of Post-Graduate Studies at the Sydney College of Divinity. Vivienne was active in inter-religious dialogue, in particular Christian-Muslim dialogue. She is currently a resident of Dublin, her native city.

McIntosh is an Adjunct Professor in Anthropology in the School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana (IUPUI). He is also the Director of International Partnerships at IUPUI, and the Associate Director of the Confucius Institute in Indianapolis. He is a co-founder of Past Masters International, and the Indianapolis Spiritual Trail.

Quinn is Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina. Her work appears in Éire-Ireland, New Hibernia Review, Irish Studies Review and Practicing Anthropology. Her book, Irish American Folklore in New England, was published by Academica Press in 2009.