Episode #57 – Pilgrimages: It’s not just for the Religious

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Episode #57 - Pilgrimages: It’s not just for the Religious

We are so excited to have Dr. Brandi Dennison, professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Florida, back with us to help us understand what a pilgrimage is and why they are part of many religious traditions.  In this episode, we define the who, what, when, where, and how of pilgrims and pilgrimages.   If accused of being overly enthusiastic about my recent walk on the Camino, I’ll happily confess to that particular sin, but let it be known I’m not alone.  Over millennia, people all over the globe have walked out their front door with the blessing of their rabbi, priest, lama, guru, imam – whomever, on a trek to a holy shrine with the expectation and hope that they will be cleansed of sin and transformed in some vital way.  The ubiquity and persistence of this religious practice fascinates me, and I hope you catch the Peregrino bug, too.


Dr. Brandi Denison is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of North Florida. Her research and teaching interests include American Religious History, specializing in the American West with particular attention to American Indian Religions. She is interested in the intersection of land, race, and religion, as well as gender, violence, memory, and theories of religion.

Her first book, Ute Land Religion in the American West, 1879-2009, was published with University of Nebraska Press in 2017.

She is active in the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Denison is also the editor for the Religion Compass.


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