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John DarrouzetFollow

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15cENK3BUU3aK8oeStr40K8djaCR9tOhBj1mjQXrLHwU/edit?usp=sharing

Start Date

13-12-2017 8:05 AM

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The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James, is one of the most important pilgrimage paths for Christians, and the past 20 years have seen a rapid and steady increase in the amount of pilgrims walking the Camino. American pilgrims that completed the pilgrimage doubled in the span in the 2 years after the 2011 release of The Way, a film that portrayed main characters that have non-religious reasons for walking the Camino. These resurgences of pilgrims has come at the same time that the Pilgrim Office, who releases official statistics on the pilgrims of the Camino, has reported that an increasing majority of pilgrims walk the Camino for non-religious reasons. These secular and cultural reasons are not expanded upon, and this research project will attempt to explain this pilgrimage revival by examining these reasons with the lenses of Frederic Gros’ philosophy on walking and Robert Macfarlane’s writings on walking and pilgrimage.

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Mentor: Herbert Medina

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Dec 13th, 8:05 AM

Why Walk?: The Pilgrimage Revival

The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James, is one of the most important pilgrimage paths for Christians, and the past 20 years have seen a rapid and steady increase in the amount of pilgrims walking the Camino. American pilgrims that completed the pilgrimage doubled in the span in the 2 years after the 2011 release of The Way, a film that portrayed main characters that have non-religious reasons for walking the Camino. These resurgences of pilgrims has come at the same time that the Pilgrim Office, who releases official statistics on the pilgrims of the Camino, has reported that an increasing majority of pilgrims walk the Camino for non-religious reasons. These secular and cultural reasons are not expanded upon, and this research project will attempt to explain this pilgrimage revival by examining these reasons with the lenses of Frederic Gros’ philosophy on walking and Robert Macfarlane’s writings on walking and pilgrimage.

https://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/honors-research-and-exhibition/2017/section-01/3