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Should Saudi Arabia Control Islam's Holiest Sites?

Anisa Mehdi | Posted 01.28.2016 | 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 01.27.2016 | 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 01.13.2016 | 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-express...

Road Trip!!!!!!

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.21.2015 | 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 havi...

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

Stephen Alter | Posted 11.12.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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 10.29.2015 | 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 09.10.2015 | 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 07.06.2015 | 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 06.29.2015 | 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 05.22.2015 | 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.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 2: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

Why You Should Make a Pilgrimage to India

Yoga Journal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Yoga Journal

By Yoga Journal In this series of posts, YJ contributors share their experiences of yoga in its birthplace. If you've considered traveling to India...

The Best Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Mark Barger Elliott | Posted 05.13.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Barger Elliott

But who was Patrick? How would he feel about his name now framing a day where no one wants to be the designated driver and we all pretend to be Irish? Last spring I went on a quest to find out and traveled to the Emerald Isle to walk in the saint's footsteps.

Cello on His Back, Dane Johansen Treks Across Spain, Performing Bach Along the Way

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 04.01.2015 | Arts
Alaska Dispatch News

Last summer, cellist Dane Johansen hiked 580 miles across the northern rim of Spain. His plan was to record the Bach Cello Suites in the churches that line the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Camino de Santiago and turn the experience into a documentary.

The New Allure Of Sacred Pilgrimages

The New York Times | Bruce Feiler | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

ARMY Staff Sgt. Juan Roldan was on patrol in Baghdad in 2006, when a warhead struck his vehicle, killing two colleagues. Sergeant Roldan suffered a bl...

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

Dozens Of Mexican Clowns Make A Religious Pilgrimage

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

Dozens of professional clowns took the streets of Mexico City on Tuesday to express devotion for their country’s patron saint, the Lady of Guadalupe...

The Timeless Allure Of The Pilgrimage To India

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

Every country has its particular draws for travelers, from history and thrilling scenery to opportunities to step outside comfort zones and be immerse...

A Pilgrimage to the Brahmagiri Mountain

Alka Pratap | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Alka Pratap

The significance of this mountain lies more in its religious significance. Brahmagiri is located only a few kilometers from Triambakeshwar, the source of the river Godavari, one of the major river systems of South India.

Varanasi: Elation, Stimulation, Confusion!

Alka Pratap | Posted 01.24.2015 | Travel
Alka Pratap

The heady aroma of incense is contrasted by the stench of garbage, the cobblestone pathways are coated red with paan, and the chant of a sanyasi is interposed by the groan of a passing buffalo. That's Varanasi in a nutshell for you.

An American Pilgrimage: The Normandy Beaches

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 01.13.2015 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Rarely, can a traveler today still touch history on such a personal level. Walking the beaches, seeing the towns and even touching the infamous impenetrable hedgerows takes you back 70 years.