Pilgrimage: From the Ganges to Graceland : an Encyclopedia, Volume 1

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Pilgrimage is a comprehensive compendium of the basic facts on Pilgrimage from ancient times to the 21st century. Illustrated with maps and photographs that enrich the reader's journey, this authoritative volume explores sites, people, activities, rites, terminology, and other matters related to pilgrimage such as economics, tourism, and disease.

Encompassing all major and minor world religions, from ancient cults to modern faiths, this work covers both religious and secular pilgrimage sites. Compiled by experts who have authored numerous books on pilgrimage and are pilgrims in their own right, the entries will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers.

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Linda Kay Davidson, PhD, is a medievalist and Spanish instructor at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, and the coauthor of several books on pilgrimage.

David M. Gitlitz, PhD, is professor of hispanic studies at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.

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Publisher
ABC-CLIO
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Published on
Dec 31, 2002
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Pages
769
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ISBN
9781576070048
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Civilization
Reference / General
Religion / Comparative Religion
Religion / History
Social Science / Human Geography
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