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Pilgrimage: Sacred Landscapes and Self-Organized Complexity / Malville, John McKim & Saraswati, Baidyanath (Eds.)
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Pilgrimage: Sacred Landscapes and Self-Organized Complexity
Malville, John McKim & Saraswati, Baidyanath (Eds.)
 
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  Book ID : 34155
  ISBN-10 : 81-246-0454-1 / 8124604541
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-246-0454-0 / 9788124604540
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 2009
  Edition : (First Edition)
  Language : English
  With a foreword by R.K. Bhattacharya; x, 359p, Col. & B/W Ills., Figs., Maps, Tables, Index, 29 cm.
   
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CONTENTS:-

PART I : Theory and Case Studies
1. Sacred Theory of Pilgrimage
2. Complexity and Self-organization in Pilgrimage Systems
3. Circulation and Circumambulation
4. Pilgrimage and Space: Case Studies from Bhaktapur, Muktinath and Varanasi
 
PART II : Pilgrimage in India, Tibet and Nepal
5. Kashi as Cosmogram: Panchakrosi Route and Complex Structure of Varanasi
6. Death and Transformation at Gaya : Pilgrimage, Ancestors and the Sun
7. Earthly Presence of Heavenly Bodies: Navagraha yatra of Tamil Nadu
8. Complex Landscapes and the Ramayana Legend
9. Traces of Buddhist Pilgrimage in Ancient India
10. Pilgrimage Places and Sacred Geometries
11. Complexity and Economy in Pilgrimage Centres of the Vijayanagara Period
 
PART III : World Pilgrimage
12. Adaption and Adjustment in the Shikoku Pilgrimage
13. Pilgrim in Individualistic Context
14. Basilica of La Madeleine, Vrzelay : Spatial and Symbolic Narratives in the Medieval Western Christian Church
15. Pilgrimage and Ritual Movements in Cuzco and the Inca Empire
16. Conchero’s Sanctuaries and Pilgrimages
17. Transplanting Pilgrimage Traditions
18. Washington, D.C. and Power of Pilgrimage
 
PART IV : Sacred Landscapes and Personal Transformation
19. Pilgrimage as Spatial Representation of Complexity

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Pilgrimage involves movement of people, either as individuals or as members of a group, in search of the sacred. Spontaneous behaviour, miraculous events, and/or ecstatic visions of individual pilgrims have often resulted in complexity in ritual, meaning, and movement. Pilgrimages may start with individual ecstatic visions, unusual strange unworldly experiences, which are the experiences of "ordinary" people, certainly not of priests or politicians. Often they are uniquely human experiences which embarrass ecclesiastical authorities.

As a pilgrimage tradition evolves, sacred sites may become formalized in organized socio-political systems with economic overtone. Even in these structured situations, individual people may still have powerful individual experiences. Eventually a pilgrimage tradition may be taken over by religious and political authorities, lose spontaneity, and become frozen in time. But even in these situations, in which large numbers of people may gather, there is a tremendous amount of "primal" energy in which innovations and visions may be evoked.

Using case studies from pilgrimages around the world, the volume explores the ways many of these traditions have started and evolved. A common perspective is that of self-organization of complex structures in space and time.

The variety of pilgrimage described in the book is remarkable. The subcontinent of India is the location of many sites such as the temples to the nine planets in Tamil Nadu, the pilgrimage circuits of Varanasi, early Buddhist pilgrimages in Sanchi and Bodh-Gaya, the great ruined city of Vijayanagara, those associated with the Ramayana, and the death ceremonies at Gaya. Beyond India, the self-organization and stability of pilgrimage systems are analysed for pilgrimages in Nepal (Kathmandu), Japan, Mexico, the Caribbean, Peru, Norway, and the US.

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