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Author(s): Hassauer, Friederike
1. In almost all religions, pilgrimages are time-honored migrations to outlying sacred places. This phenomenon of religious mobility is attested among peoples of ancient times, as well as for India, Ceylon, China, and Japan. Judaism, Islam, and Christianity also have their traditions of pilgrimages, as do many tribal religions. This devotional journeying is underlain by the belief that the local presence of a deity, a hero, or a saint in this specific place makes transcendence in immanence especially effective and available to experience, and …

Santiago de Compostela

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Author(s): Hassauer, Friederike
Center of Europe at the End of the World 1. As a place of pilgrimage, a city, a diocese, and later, an archdiocese, in Galicia in the Northwest of Spain, Santiago de Compostela, along with and in rivalry with the far older centers of Rome and Jerusalem, is to be numbered among the three most important centers of extended pilgrimage ( peregrinatio maior) of Western Christianity. The pilgrims' goal is the supposed tomb of Apostle James the Greater, who as ‘Sant'Yago’ gives his name to the city of Santiago. The legendary discovery/creation of the Apostle's gr…