Pilgrimage


Pilgrimage
Adam was the first pilgrim: after the expulsion from Eden life became exile; within life there is the journey towards salvation. The great time of pilgrimage was the 12-15c, esp. for ordinary people. But even in the 9c monks and kings made pilgrimage to Rome. Indeed, Alfred the Great went twice, in 853 and 855. Then the journey took up to two months. One pilgrim in the early 10c noted 79 stopping-places or pilgrim hostels for overnight stops. Only after the First *Crusade was preached in 1095 did the idea of going further than Rome become widespread. It is important to note that around Jerusalem, in Palestine, and in Egypt, the Saracens and others were very tolerant of early European Christians. So long as fair money was paid for what was required there was little tension. Indeed even when war was waged against them by virtue of their not being Christian, they at first simply laughed at the idea, thinking it absurd to fight for no reason, as they saw it. The Latin used of both pilgrim and crusader was peregrinus. -

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(especially to some hallowed place), , ,


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  • Pilgrimage — Pil grim*age, n. [OE. pilgrimage, pelgrinage; cf. F. p[ e]lerinage.] 1. The journey of a pilgrim; a long journey; especially, a journey to a shrine or other sacred place. Fig., the journey of human life. Shak. [1913 Webster] The days of the years …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pilgrimage — (n.) mid 13c., pelrimage; see PILGRIM (Cf. pilgrim) + AGE (Cf. age) …   Etymology dictionary

  • pilgrimage — *journey, voyage, tour, trip, jaunt, excursion, cruise, expedition …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pilgrimage — [n] long journey crusade, excursion, expedition, mission, tour, travel, trip, wayfaring; concept 224 Ant. jaunt …   New thesaurus

  • pilgrimage — ► NOUN ▪ a pilgrim s journey …   English terms dictionary

  • pilgrimage — [pil′grə mij] n. [ME pilgrymage < OFr pelegrinage < pelegrin,PILGRIM] 1. a journey made by a pilgrim, esp. to a shrine or holy place 2. any long journey, as to a place of historical interest …   English World dictionary

  • pilgrimage — /pil greuh mij/, n., v., pilgrimaged, pilgrimaging. n. 1. a journey, esp. a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes. 2. Islam. a. the Pilgrimage, hajj. b. umrah. 3. any long journey, esp. one… …   Universalium

  • Pilgrimage — In religion and spirituality, a pilgrimage is a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person s beliefs and faith. Members of many major religions participate… …   Wikipedia

  • pilgrimage — Traditional pilgrimage practices, having all but ceased to exist during the Cultural Revolution, re emerged in the 1980s. In addition, new forms of pilgrimage to sites associated with CCP history and the revolution that appeared following the… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • PILGRIMAGE — In Hebrew the term aliyah (lit. going up ) has been used since ancient times for pilgrimages to Jerusalem on the three festivals known as shalosh regalim). The Torah prescribes that all males must go up to Jerusalem three timesa year on the three …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • pilgrimage — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ annual ▪ religious, spiritual VERB + PILGRIMAGE ▪ go on, make ▪ She made a pilgrimage to visit the place where h …   Collocations dictionary


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