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Pilgrimage And Conversion

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The definition of "pilgrim" as a term-in-use seems to have extended to going on a tour of sites, especially those of religious significance, in the company of a church group or religious sodality without reference to any set of specific requirements or performances required to fulfill the mandate of an identifiable religious body (like the Roman Catholic Church) for performing a "true" pilgrimage. Historically, Western religions have tended toward the former, while Eastern religions have tended toward the latter. It is important to recognize that these are only tendencies, especially in the Western case, inasmuch as all three of the major Western religious traditions have incorporated pilgrimage centers into their practice at least at some times and in some places. The spirituality-religion/spiritual-religious distinctions are in many respects carried over into issues that pertain both to pilgrimage and tourism and to pilgrimage and conversion.

Keywords: conversion; pilgrimage; religion; spirituality



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