Pilgrimage in Popular Culture

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Ian Reader, Tony Walter
Palgrave Macmillan UK, Dec 9, 1992 - Social Science - 250 pages
Specially commissioned studies of popular pilgrimages - East and West, past and present, religious and 'secular - ranging from Shikoku (Japan), to Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Kosovo (Yugoslavia), Glastonbury, Anfield (UK), Flanders fields, Graceland and military pilgrimages in the USA. The book asks in what ways all these can be called pilgrimages and what their relation is to tourism and to entertainment, highlighting the enduring popularity not only of pilgrimage but also of saints and heroes.

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About the author (1992)

Reader teaches at the Scottish Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Sterling, Scotland, and until recently was also a senior research fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen.

Tony Walter is a lecturer in sociology at the University of Reading. He has written extensively about death in modern society, particularly funeral reform, and has lectured widely to a range of groups from the Royal Society of Arts to hospices, bereavement groups and clergy. He is currently researching the increasing interest in reincarnation in the West, the media's interest in death, and new approaches to bereavement care.