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Pilgrim Stories - On and Off the Road to Santiago, Journeys Along an Ancient Way in Modern Spain (Hardcover)
Pilgrim Stories - On and Off the Road to Santiago, Journeys Along an Ancient Way in Modern Spain (Hardcover): Nancy Louise Frey

Pilgrim Stories - On and Off the Road to Santiago, Journeys Along an Ancient Way in Modern Spain (Hardcover)

Nancy Louise Frey

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Unlike the religiously-oriented pilgrims who visit Marian shrines such as Lourdes, the modern Road of St. James attracts an ecumenical mix of largely well-educated, urban middle-class participants. Eschewing comfortable methods of travel, they choose physically demanding journeys, some as long as four months, in order to experience nature, enjoy cultural and historical patrimony, renew faith, or cope with personal trauma.Frey's anthropological study focuses on the remarkable reanimation of the Road that has gained momentum since the 1980s. Her intensive fieldwork (including making the pilgrimage several times herself) provides a colorful portrayal of the pilgrimage while revealing a spectrum of hopes, discontents, and desires among its participants, many of whom feel estranged from society. The Camino's physical and mental journey offers them closer community, greater personal knowledge, and links to the past and to nature.But what happens when pilgrims return home? Exploring this crucial question Frey finds that pilgrims often reflect deeply on their lives and some make significant changes: an artistic voice is discovered, a marriage is ended, meaningful work is found. Other pilgrims repeat the pilgrimage or join a pilgrims' association to keep their connection to the Camino alive. And some only remain pilgrims while on the road. In all, "Pilgrim Stories" is an exceptional prism through which to understand the desires and dissatisfactions of contemporary Western life at the end of the millennium.Feet are touched, discussed, massaged, and] become signs of a journey well traveled: 'I did it all on foot ' . . . Pilgrims give feet a power and importance not recognized in daily life, as a causeway and direct channel to the road, the past, meaningful relations, nature, and the self.

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Imprint: University of California Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: December 1998
Authors: Nancy Louise Frey
Dimensions: 235 x 155mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 298
ISBN-13: 978-0-520-21084-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs
Books > Sport & Leisure > Travel & holiday
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Christianity
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Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > Christianity > Christian worship > Christian pilgrimage
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian worship
Books > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian worship > Christian pilgrimage
Books > Travel > General
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Books > Christianity > Christian Worship
Books > Christianity > Christian Worship > Christian pilgrimage
LSN: 0-520-21084-0
Barcode: 9780520210844

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