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Now thoroughly revised and updated, this encyclopedia documents the diversity of shrines, temples, holy places, and pilgrimage sites sacred to the world's major religious traditions, and illustrates their elemental place in human culture.
· Over 300 A–Z entries covering sites and pilgrimages sacred to the world's major religious traditions
· Illustrative photographs and maps
· A glossary of relevant terms
· Appendices listing sites by country, faith tradition, and placement in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites
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The cultural power of sacred places seems to have diminished little, and perhaps even grown, in the modern era. Participation in pilgrimages has increased immensely in recent decades as greater numbers of people are able to travel the world to visit holy sites, partake in ceremonies and rituals, and add another dimension to the expression of their faith.About the Author:
Norbert C. Brockman, SM, PhD, is professor emeritus of international relations at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX.
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