CONTENTS:- 1. Sacredscapes and sense of geography: some reflections. 2. Pilgrimage and literature. 3. Sufi views on pilgrimage in Islam. 4. The Architecture of light : Between sacred geometry to biophotonic technology. 5. Kailash-the center of the world. 6. Rolwaling: a sacred Buddhist Valley in Nepal. 7. Landscape, memory and identity: a case of Southwest China. 8. The miracles of Mt. Wutai Chaina: the spirit of sacred place in Budhism. 9. Sacred spaces, pilgrimage and tourism at Muktinath, Nepal. 10. The mythic landscape of Buddhist places of pilgrimages in India. 11. Current Jewish pilgrimage tourism/Current Jewish pilgrimage-tourism. 12. The road to St. James, El Camino de Santiago: the spirit of place and environmental ethics. 13. Sacred places of Japan: sacred geography in the vicinity of the cities of Sendai and Nara.
The twelve essays deal with current debate in pilgrimage studies and spirit of place that helps to understand the deeper relationship between human psyche and sacred environment, citing illustrations from different parts of the world, like Canada, China, India, Israel, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Spain, and Tibet, representing many religions, linking locality with universality and narrating the prospective features. These studies will pave the path of the newly emerging discipline of pilgrimage studies and heritage ecology.