By Mary Lee Nolan
Roman Catholic pilgrimage websites in Western Europe diversity from vague chapels and holy wells that draw viewers purely from their rapid neighborhood to the world-famous, often-thronged shrines at Rome, Lourdes, and Fatima. those shrines generate at the least 70 million religiously influenced visits every year, with overall annual visitation exceeding a hundred million. monstrous numbers of pilgrims at significant shrines come from the Americas and different parts outdoors Western Europe.
Mary Lee Nolan and Sidney Nolan describe and interpret the size of Western ecu pilgrimage in time and house, a cultural-geographic procedure that finds neighborhood adaptations in varieties of shrines and pilgrimages within the 16 international locations of Western Europe. They research quite a few legends and historic bills linked to cult photos and shrines, displaying how those replicate principles approximately humanity, divinity, and environment.
The Nolans display that the dynamic fluctuations in Christian pilgrimage actions during the last 2,000 years mirror socioeconomic adjustments and technological alterations in addition to transferring highbrow orientations. raises and reduces within the variety of shrines proven coincide with significant turning issues in eu background, for pilgrimage, at the very least wars, revolutions, and the arrival of urban-industrial society, is an essential component of that background. Pilgrimage traditions were inspired by way of -- and feature motivated -- technological know-how, literature, philosophy, and the arts.
Christian Pilgrimage in glossy Western Europe relies on ten years of study. The Nolans gathered info on 6,150 shrines from released fabric, correspondence with bishops and shrine directors, and interviews. They visited 852 Western eu shrines in individual. Their ebook should be of curiosity to many common readers and of detailed price to historians, cultural geographers, scholars of comparative faith, anthropologists, social psychologists, and shrine administrators.
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Christian Pilgrimage in Modern Western Europe (Studies in Religion) by Mary Lee Nolan