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Abstract

In this paper, the authors aim at examining how pilgrimage might positively change the personal life of the participating individual, and the life of the releasing community. In the authors’ perception, where the individual is a member of a local religious community, after returning home he or she reports about his or her experiences to other members of the community; thus one member is positively influencing the community as a whole. This research study is focusing on Christian pilgrimage, however, due to the common nature of pilgrimage in different kind of religions the authors believe that the results of this study could lead to valid conclusions of a more general nature. The paper is structured as follows: first, the concept of pilgrimage is depicted, and how this concept evolved especially in Christian theology; then, following the literature review, the methods of examining pilgrimage is described. The authors employ a detailed questionnaire as an asset to interview devoted members of a local religious community who have experienced pilgrimage. The results partly summarise the effects of how pilgrimage has changed the values and faiths of the members’ lives within the community.

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