From the Ganges to Graceland, An Encyclopedia [2 volumes]
by Linda Kay Davidson and David M. Gitlitz
November 2002, 769pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-57607-004-8
$201, £155, 175€, A276
Please contact your preferred distributor for pricing.
eBook Available: 978-1-57607-543-2
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

From Mecca to Graceland, Canterbury to Vatican City, special places that affect the human spirit have been luring multitudes of visitors throughout human history. Where are the world’s most important pilgrimage sites? Who are the pilgrims? Why are they going? How do they behave once they reach their destinations?

Nationalistic meccas, shrines to popular culture, and sacred traditions for the world's religions from Animism to Zoroastrianism are all examined in two accessible and comprehensive volumes.

Pilgrimage is a comprehensive compendium of the basic facts on Pilgrimage from ancient times to the 21st century. Illustrated with maps and photographs that enrich the reader’s journey, this authoritative volume explores sites, people, activities, rites, terminology, and other matters related to pilgrimage such as economics, tourism, and disease.

Encompassing all major and minor world religions, from ancient cults to modern faiths, this work covers both religious and secular pilgrimage sites. Compiled by experts who have authored numerous books on pilgrimage and are pilgrims in their own right, the entries will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers.


  • More than 500 A–Z entries ranging from the Alamo and Bamiyan to tourism and visual arts
  • Photographs including worshipers at the Western Wall, pyramids in Egypt, and the Montserrat monastery in Spain illuminate the coverage
  • Maps including the Hajj, Jerusalem, the journeys of Saint Paul, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre
  • Includes two appendixes: pilgrimage sites by country and pilgrimage sites by religion, a complete bibiliography, and a thorough index
Linda Kay Davidson, PhD, is a medievalist and Spanish instructor at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, and the coauthor of several books on pilgrimage.

David M. Gitlitz, PhD, is professor of hispanic studies at the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI and has authored or co-authored several books on hispanic literature, sephardic history, and pilgrimage.


Best Reference Source 2002—Library Journal, April 15, 2003


"This encyclopedia contains a wealth of information . . . this is the only encyclopedic work on pilgrimage and deserves to be in all academic and medium to large public libraries."—Library Journal, February 1, 2003

"A comprehensive coverage of world pilgrimages . . . Recommended."—Choice, April 1, 2003

"This splendid encyclopedia is a delight to read and pleasing to view . . . Highly recommended for academic and larger public libraries."—Booklist, April 15, 2003

"[A] serious encyclopedia that sheds light on pilgrimage, both religious and secular . . . The content of this reference is rich and varied, and so are the value added features . . . Pilgrimage: From the Ganges to Graceland is a unique source that helps explain the attraction and importance that pilgrimage has for millions of people, regardless of nationality, or religion . . . both public and academic libraries will find it appropriate for their reference collections."—Against the Grain, September 1, 2003
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.