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Pilgrimage

Finding my spiritual center in Chennai

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.13.2017 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Growing up, I always used to dread family trips to India. As the son of immigrants who was often caught in between two worlds, visiting India meant oc...

The Sadhus Of Arunachal, India

Michael Sowder | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
Michael Sowder

The Sadhus of Arunachala This morning, in the dark before dawn, Nancy, my sister, and I walk a road that winds around Mount Arunachala i...

Hajj Pilgrims Observe Rite That Thousands Died During Last Year

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.12.2016 | Religion

Nearly two million Muslim pilgrims performed a symbolic stoning of the devil on Monday, the riskiest part of the annual hajj pilgrimage, a year after ...

A Glimpse At Hajj, As Millions Of Muslim Pilgrims Arrive In Mecca

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.09.2016 | Religion

The annual hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest gatherings, as some two million people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one ...

Saudi Arabia Takes Extra Precautions For Hajj A Year After Fatal Crush

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.06.2016 | Religion

A year after the worst hajj disaster in a generation, Saudi Arabia is issuing pilgrims with electronic bracelets and using more surveillance cameras t...

How To Meet Your Erotic Self By Taking A Pleasure Pilgrimage

Pamela Madsen | Posted 08.18.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

A pilgrimage is a rite of passage. There are few rites of passage for us to meet our erotic selves. For us to learn about our body and its connection to our pleasure and our soul. You have to make a choice in your life when you consider making a pilgrimage.

Iran Prohibits Citizens From Performing Hajj

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

Just recently, Iran enforced a strict ban forbidding any of its citizens from participation in Hajj, the annually offered and once-in-a-lifetime required major Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

My Voice Is My Right, Not "Your Gift"

Zoha Qamar | Posted 03.29.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

My brain frantically scours for the line between the patience we have grown and groomed over these days on Umrah and the right to defend one's dignity against defamation -- not to mention an additional stand against an entire gender's general reduction into one, incapable stereotype -- but my mind quickly realizes we are way past this point.

A Knot that Ties 3 Different Religious Traditions

Haroon Khalid | Posted 03.29.2016 | Religion
Haroon Khalid

Standing at the threshold of his door, a 42-year-old Charan Das passed me a smile. We were standing across him photographing the stall of Hindu deities.

Holy Dirt and Modern Pilgrims: El Santuario de Chimayó

James Orndorf | Posted 03.10.2016 | Travel
James Orndorf

Known as the "Lourdes of America," el Santuario de Chimayó, 40 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage ...

Me, My Phone and Mecca

Zoha Qamar | Posted 03.09.2016 | Religion
Zoha Qamar

The black silk was cold and soft. The protruding layers of thread that spelt out "Allah" in neat Arabic curls absorbed the tears and prayers sprayed at the cloth's delicate font, while still reflecting the flood of light that shone from looming construction cranes and endless spurts of cell phone flashes.

Why We Need an Interfaith Pilgrimage

S. Brent Plate | Posted 02.29.2016 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

Walking the Camino is an inspiring experience for many, and my recent walk has inspired me to think more about the need for a broader experience of pilgrimage, done in ways that might foster interreligious connections.

Should Saudi Arabia Control Islam's Holiest Sites?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.28.2017 | Religion
Anisa Mehdi

Mecca and Medina have been expanded over time to accommodate increasing numbers of worshippers. Presently, Saudi Arabia controls both cities, but this is becoming increasingly controversial among Muslims.

Pilgrimage to Mont Saint-Michel

Michael Saint James | Posted 01.26.2017 | Travel
Michael Saint James

In the distance, a silhouette floats like a mirage on the horizon. Circled by ocean waters, an ancient abbey, founded in the eighth century, sits on a...

Pilgrimage and Awe for the Ordinary

Chris Bingley | Posted 01.13.2017 | Religion
Chris Bingley

It is difficult in particular to treat Greek religion as comparable to modern religious communities. Yet we should not discount Pausanias' own fascination with what he observes.

24 Festivals And Retreats To Revitalize Your Soul In 2016

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion

As the new year stretches out before us, it's the perfect time to start setting intentions. Among them should be a renewed commitment to self-expressi...

Road Trip!!!!!!

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.20.2016 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

I love a good road trip. Give me 6 or 7 hour on open highway, a bag of Puffy Cheetos and some Twizzlers and I'm good! Don't get me started on having...

Becoming a Mountain: Himalayan Journeys in Search of the Sacred and the Sublime

Stephen Alter | Posted 11.11.2016 | Religion
Stephen Alter

Several years ago I met up with fellow writer, Ramachandra Guha. When I told him I was going to write a book about climbing a mountain, he insisted that it would be a much better story if I didn't make it to the top.

Nanda Devi: The Mountain and the Goddess

Stephen Alter | Posted 11.04.2016 | Religion
Stephen Alter

Nanda Devi is known as the "bliss-giving goddess," though the Sanskrit word "ananda," at the root of her name, is better understood as "contentment." Being an atheist, I seek the mountain more than the goddess, though the two are inseparable. Despite my disbelief, I have always appreciated the spiritual resonance of the Himalayas.

Becoming a Mountain

Stephen Alter | Posted 10.29.2016 | Religion
Stephen Alter

Why am I doing this? What purpose does it serve? Where on earth am I going? These are questions I ask myself more than once in the course of my journeys to Bandarpunch, Nanda Devi and Kailash.

On a Pilgrimage Through Alzheimer's, Promise and Paradox Intersect

Jade C. Angelica | Posted 09.10.2016 | Religion
Jade C. Angelica

Mom was essentially alone in a nursing home in Iowa. My heart wouldn't allow me to stay away. The holiness, however - the mystery and the glory I encountered every day on the journey through Alzheimer's - was an unexpected, ever-cherished surprise.

The Extraordinary Sacred Sites Where People Have Seen Visions Of The Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

Sightings of the Virgin Mary can happen in the unlikeliest places. Some people encounter her high in the mountains of the French Alps, while others fi...

Israel Family Travel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Golan Heights

David Code | Posted 07.02.2016 | Travel
David Code

"Walk out till you're at least knee-deep in the water, then just sit down as if you're falling into an easy chair." It seemed impossible, but as I fell back into the water, the Dead Sea gently caught me and I floated like I was on a space walk with no gravity.

Pilgrimage to the Land of Salafism

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Sepideh Saeedi

Bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been fraught with hostility, tension and confrontation. I recently had a first hand experience of this situation throughout my pilgrimage trip to Saudi Arabia.

An Atheist in Athos -- Part 3: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.22.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

All in all, a fascinating time in magnificent scenery amid spectacular architecture, even if the faith thing doesn't really work for me.