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Pilgrimage, local
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A pilgrimage (German Pilgerfahrt, Betfahrt, Bittfahrt, Wallfahrt; Latin peregrinatio religiosa) is a religiously motivated journey (Travel) to a cultic site. The narrower German term Wallfahrt, in common use from after the 14th century, is derived from MHG wallen (walk, wander; i.e. walk-faring). The religious phenomenon of the pilgrimage was based on the belief that the experience and agency of the holy or divine manifest themselves…

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Fischer, Michael, “Pilgrimage, local”, 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 28 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030001>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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