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Pilgrimage/Places of Pilgrimage
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies

A pilgrimage is a journey by an individual or group, religiously motivated, usually over a substantial distance and (esp. in earlier periods) demanding great effort.

A Western pilgrim today can hardly imagine the dangers to which a peregrinus was exposed. This Latin term, the etymon of the English word pilgrim, denoted a foreigner or in some cases an exile. A person who undertook a pilgrimage was thus som…

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Winter, Fritz, Raspe, Lucia, Jehle, Irmengard, Hartinger, Walter, Schmid, Josef Johannes, Müller, Andreas, Heinz, Andreas, Paul, Jürgen, Deeg, Max and Michaels, Axel, “Pilgrimage/Places of Pilgrimage”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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