The Religious Experience of a Pilgrimage Research Paper

The Religious Experience of a Pilgrimage
A discussion on pilgrimages, with a focus on the Appalachian Trail pilgrimage.
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The paper provides a definition of a pilgrimage and discusses different religions' pilgrimages. The paper then focuses on the Appalachian Trail, and includes this author's personal account of a part of this trail, including the section that crosses Tennessee, Virginia and culminates at Mount Rogers. The paper also considers the different experiences of participants of a pilgrimage.

Definition of Pilgrimage
Historical or Traditional Pilgrimages
Tennessee Portion
Virginia Portion
Mount Rogers

From the Paper:

"The term pilgrimage may be specifically defined. It may be identified as a journey. This serves a ritual to many. People that take pilgrimages are usually in search of spiritual significance. (Coleman, Simon, and Elsner) They may also be in search of moral significance. The journey is often to a place that is important to one's faith. This may be a shrine or any other sacred place. (Coleman, Simon, and Elsner)
"There are multiple purposes of a pilgrimage. The first purpose is to venerate it. (Coleman, Simon, and Elsner) The honor behind the journey is indescribable. Pilgrimages have a hallowed purpose. During the journey a significant change should occur. (Coleman, Simon, and Elsner) People that participate in a pilgrimage may also request heavenly aid. The most important purpose of a pilgrimage is gain a relationship with God. Many people identify pilgrimages as a method of getting to know God better. (Coleman, Simon, and Elsner) People may also seek to gain inspiration, a change of mind, a reversal of the destruction of life on earth, learn to meditate, question the purpose of life, purify their heart, do penance, gain harmony with the natural world, get away from the daily routine, or find peace. (Coleman, Simon, and Elsner)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrews, Hazel, and Les Roberts. Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between. Routledge, 2012. Print.
  • Birchard, William, Robert D. Proudman, and Michael Dawson. "Appalachian Trail design, construction, and maintenance." Appalachian Trail Conference, 2000.
  • Coleman, Simon, and John Elsner. Pilgrimage: Past and present in the world religions. Harvard University Press, 1995.
  • Luxenberg, Larry. Walking the Appalachian Trail. Stackpole Books, 1994.
  • Spong, Ian. Appalachian Trail pilgrimage for all Christians . Examiner, 2013. Print. <>.

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