Traditional pilgrimage – in all religious or non-religious faiths, serves to enhance established beliefs. The goal is a place where the faith is celebrated and at which the pilgrim becomes more deeply engaged in her or his belief system. However an essential requirement of a traditional pilgrimage is the going to and from the special place: the journey. Whilst this journey is usually to be completed as quickly and efficiently as possible the very fact that the pilgrim is preparing and leaving home and ‘normality’ means that the journey becomes a part of the pilgrimage process.
Ian Ball reflects what it means to go on a pilgrimage pilgrimagenotes_iball