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What is the religious significance to pilgrimage?

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December 19, 2014 3:56PM

It can differ slightly in different religions, but the object is always connecting oneself to the history and traditions of the religion and to one's fellow-believers. People who have gone on the Hajj to Mecca say that they are moved both by the fact that they are doing the same things as people have done since the days of Muhammad, and at the same time are doing them in company with fellow-believers from around the world. The same must be true of pilgrims to Compostella. In some cases, pilgrimages are not part of a group effort, in which case the connection being sought is only with a particular person who lived in a place or an event which took place there.