Modern pilgrims are the updated versions of hermit athletae Dei, athletes of God, as the Desert Fathers are called by Dorotheus the Theban. Are the more ascetic of religious pilgrims going too far with their spectacular austerities?
"Concerning the Spectacular Austerities,"
International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/vol6/iss2/4