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I felt disappointment when reading the article because it is of physical travels; the important journey of a person's life is not in the mundane.

I also was sickned by the article after it veered from the founders of Thanksgiving. But if you're going to cover non-Christian pilgrims and even a pilgrimage from Japan to Elvis' turf, then why not cover John Wayne's frequent references in movies to pilgrims who moved West to settle as in "Howdy Pilgrim!" (talk) 18:55, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

Personal essays being deprecated at Wikipedia, this would have to be a report on writers' usage of the pilgrimage metaphor, as in Pilgrim's Progress, an excellent idea! --Wetman 19:47, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

Is expansion necessary?[edit]

I was beginning to think about exapnding this, but most of what can be said is actually already at the article for Pilgrimage, and in fact there is a lot of overlap between the material there and what is already here. The only thing I can think that might be worth putting here specifically is the use of the term 'pilgrim' in Christian language to describe the state of the religious seeker or believer, on a spiritual journey. Myopic Bookworm 18:23, 17 March 2006 (UTC)

Such a good idea that I've changed the tag to Merge. Pilgrimages is far more substantial and the overlap is 100%. --Wetman 19:47, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
If this article can't be expanded beyond what it is now without encroaching on pilgrimage, I really don't see the point of keeping it. It might as well be redirected instead of just being kept as a stub.
Peter Isotalo 13:14, 11 December 2006 (UTC)
I think expansion is necessary, and also that it needs to be kept as a separate article. The difference between pilgrim and pilgrimage is like soldier and war. This article needs to be much less about the sites of pilgrimages, and more about the lives of pilgrims, and about "pilgrim" as a historic profession. What make a pilgrim different from other kinds of travelers, merchants, and explorers? How has he transformed into the modern tourist? There's lots to say here in this article that isn't said.--Patrick Ѻ 05:27, 19 September 2007 (UTC)
I was in the process of trying to improve/expand this article, which seemed disproportionately dominated by Jehovah's Witnesses, and should have checked the talk page sooner - didn't even realise there was a Pilgrimages page. I see no benefit in having 2 such similar articles and would certainly support a merge. Don't find the soldier/war analogy useful: soldiers are v. often not at war, while people are generally not termed pilgrims unless on pilgrimage; civilians become involved in wars, but only pilgrims in pilgrimages (unless you include those who provide lodgings etc.). Don't know why the other points made immediately above can't be included in the more comprehensive article (I appreciate it's 7 years since the last contribution, hope some of you are still around).Costesseyboy (talk) 22:10, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Major edits[edit]

I've hacked away at the article a lot tonight, trying to make it better. Any thoughts? I've divide it into an introduction and "Destination pilgrimages", which might be renamed to just "pilgrimages" or "destinations". I've also added a "Notable pilgrims" section, with a list of some people that came up when searching for "s/he went on pilgrimage". I also found a little song on the commons, and included it at the bottom. The article is most in need of references, and I'll try to get some of those up next.--Patrick Ѻ 22:34, 23 October 2007 (UTC)


I hope someone knows, but can you also be called a pilgrim if you are on a "mental" journey, like Buddhist monks? Thanks. :) --Jahiri

Absolutely. Life itself is a pilgrimage to awareness of purpose in existence. Also, its the internal yearning cult "leaders" exploit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:50, 20 July 2008 (UTC)