THE MEAN­ING OF PIL­GRIM­AGE

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Pil­grim­age has been a cen­tral tenet of myr­iad faiths for mil­len­ni­ums; many re­li­gions con­sider it an oblig­a­tory prac­tice at some point in life. The most well known is the Mus­lim pil­grim­age to Mecca, which at­tracts mil­lions of believ­ers a year. While pil­grim­ages are broadly rec­og­nized as hav­ing a be­gin­ning and an end, they can also be un­der­stood as a cycli­cal route with no de­fined start or fin­ish. Some are as short as a few min­utes—in Ti­bet, th­ese are com­monly done ev­ery day—or they can take sev­eral months.

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