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Published: 01 October 2021 (Estimated)

264 Pages | 4 illustrations


ISBN: 9780197573594

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Pilgrims Until We Die

Unending Pilgrimage in Shikoku

Ian Reader and John Shultz

  • Features detailed accounts of the life and practices of pilgrims in Shikoku, Japan, including how they engage with pilgrimage while at home
  • Includes recent fieldwork interviews with itinerant pilgrims and pilgrims who adapt cars to facilitate repeated pilgrimages
  • Presents new insights into pilgrim motivations in general that shed light on contemporary religious issues in Japan while also showing how secular themes and issues such as enjoyment, competition and seeking ways to keep healthy, play a major role in pilgrimage
  • Provides a rich ethnographic analysis of what pilgrims do, how and why they perform multiple pilgrimages, and how pilgrimage is embedded in the everyday lives of participants