Calculating the effects of pilgrimage

Authored by: Purna Roy , Hillary Kaell

The Routledge Handbook of Religious and Spiritual Tourism

Print publication date:  July  2021
Online publication date:  July  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367191955
eBook ISBN: 9780429201011
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Are pilgrims changed when they return? Why are souvenir objects circulated? How are sites managed and maintained once visitors leave? Across the world, in very different locations, pilgrims must negotiate the trip’s aftermath; returnees incorporate new actions and attitudes, arrange photos, and give gifts. These acts of memory-making often become integral to the experience of being at a sacred site.

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