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A journey or trek, sometimes physical, sometimes metaphorical, and sometimes spiritual, with the purpose of fulfilling some sense of material, moral, or belief-based importance. Pilgrimages are often long and arduous, often requiring commitment and sacrifice. Nonetheless, pilgrimages have varies in notoriety and popularity, attaining popular entertainment, recreationg, and cult status. Pilgrimages have been, and continue to be, made to historic and religious sites for centuries and by people of all different beliefs.

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"Good Friday pilgrims at the Santuario de Chimayo, March 21, 2008" by Jerry Friedman is licensed under CC BY-SA.

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