Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2011

Capstone Advisor

Professor Maureen T. Schwarz

Honors Reader

Professor Deborah Pellow

Capstone Major

Anthropology

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

yes

Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Anthropology | Other Anthropology

Abstract

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.

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