Making Pilgrimages: Meaning and Practice in Shikoku
by Ian Reader
"This study involves a fourteen-hundred-kilometer-long pilgrimage around Japan's fourth largest island, Shikoku. In traveling the circuit of the eighty-eight Buddhist temples that comprise the route, pilgrims make their journey together with Kobo Daishi (774-835), the holy, miracle-working figure who is at the heart of the pilgrimage." Once seen as a marginal practice, rec...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by University of Hawaii Press
(first published February 28th 2005)
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Reader offers a multi-disciplinary approach to pilgrimage that interrogates it as a process that begins long before the journey and continues long after the journey is ended. He frames his arguments within current pilgrimage studies debates, but never allows theoretical frameworks to dictate his particular findings. A great read even for those who do not study Japanese religions!