|Title of Book: Sacred Journeys: An Illustrated Guide to Pilgrimages Around the World
Author: Jennifer Westwood
Category: Pilgrimages, Travel, Gift Books
Hardbound: 224 pages
Product Dimensions: 10.0 x 8.5 inches
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Lavishly illustrated with color photographs, quotes and meditations, this entertaining guide leads readers through the 12 steps common to all pilgrims and the most-traveled routes, sites, temples, landscapes and shrines around the world, including Angkor Wat in Cambodia, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, plus Croagh Patrick in Ireland.
About This Book:
Sacred journeys are as old as human cultures. They evolved from the ritual paths of tribal societies; from the sacred ways of classical Greece, Egypt, and the East; and from the flowering in the Middle Ages of the great religious pilgrimages that still flourish. Today, the numbers of people of all faiths and cultures engaged in pilgrimages are swelling.
Each year, millions around the world leave behind the routine of daily life and seek the profound and sacred through journeys to places of incredible power, mystery, and beauty. Pilgrimages share a common pattern. Each is a spiritual as well as a physical progress with a beginning, midway stage, climax, and homecoming.
Part I of Sacred Journeys leads the reader through these stages in twelve sections with themes such as Longing, Getting Ready, Adventures and Difficulties, Arrival, and Coming Home. Illuminating these stages are twenty-five personal narratives of pilgrimages to such sites as Shikoku in Japan, Chaco Canyon in the United States, Croagh Patrick in Ireland, Canterbury in England, and Arunachala in India.
Part II is a concise, practical guide to more than forty of the essential routes and sites around the world. Organized into three groups according to the type of destination - Journeys to Sacred Landscapes, to Sacred Temples, and to Sacred Shrines - each summary provides crucial information on recommended itineraries, appropriate times of year, key roadside features, the environment, necessary clothing, talismans, equipment and other accessories, and much more.
YA Religious expeditions of all faiths can be explored by reading this wonderfully illustrated work. Arranged as a pilgrimage, the chapters begin with "Longing" and "Getting Ready." Later they include "Doubt and Hope," and conclude with "Reflection and Redirection" and "Coming Home." Inserted into the narrative are double-page, first-person accounts and maps of modern pilgrimages. Usually, the featured sites are from religions that permit nonbelievers to participate.
Creative page layouts draw readers into the text. Sometimes the print encircles a quote or meaningful symbol; often it surrounds a photo or map. Concise descriptions of each site and information about visiting it such as route, rules, dates, etc., are included.
The resource list goes beyond the traditional bibliography as it includes names, addresses, and phone numbers of religious organizations throughout the world, which could provide a wealth of additional information for students of comparative religions.
Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA