Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Professor Maureen T. Schwarz
Professor Deborah Pellow
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Anthropology | Other Anthropology
As ancient pilgrimage across Spain, El Camino de Santiago has affected the lives of the pilgrims that travel it for centuries taking on new meanings as it passes through time. Traditionally, scholars maintain that the focus of a pilgrim’s journey lies at the final destination, or pilgrimage center in Santiago de Compostela. This project demonstrates, however, that the emphasis should lie on the journey or period of liminality which through concepts of place has created a space for self-reflection and meditation. Analysis of pilgrim interviews within the context of a wide array of scholarly literature in the disciplines of anthropology, religion, and philosophy, demonstrates how walking as a mode of transportation between places creates this unique liminality in our busy world.
Redpath, Amanda, "Liminality as a Space of Self Reflection on El Camino de Santiago del Norte" (2011). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 298.
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