The latest research indicates that more than 400 million people embark annually on traditional pilgrimages and religious tourism in Saudi Arabia, India, Japan, and elsewhere, with the numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. As a global phenomenon, pilgrimage facilitates interaction between peoples from countless cultures, occupations, and walks of life. In the 4th Global Conference, we will continue to explore the many personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions. This includes similarities and differences in the practice in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, and other traditions, as well as secular pilgrimage. The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage as protest, and pilgrimage and peace building, among others, are all topics of interest, as are the concepts of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery.
Pilgrimage and Religious Tourism: Sacred Journeys 4th Global Conference
Thursday, October 26, 2017