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Pilgrimage
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1. Europe

1.1. Etymology and purpose

Latin peregrinatio (journey, pilgrimage) is derived from per agrum (across the field, i.e. over land). The etymology suggests primarily an arduous path to a goal. The goal could be defined variously: the most important motives were probably thanksgiving, penance, petition, quest for religious companionship, and expectation of other religious benefits. This marked a change from the conception, still dominant in antiquity and late …

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Herbers, Klaus and Reichmuth, Stefan, “Pilgrimage”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_025590>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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