Cultural Heritage, Spiritual Journeys, and Pilgrimages
Subject Guide by Elena Stuart
Pilgrimage is understood as a
departure from daily life on a
journey in search of spiritual
This bibliography has been prepared to
enlarge the collection of a large public
library on Cultural Heritage, Spiritual
Journeys, and Pilgrimages. A significant
part of this bibliography devoted to
resources about the spiritual pilgrimage to
Santiago de Compostela as the main
Christian pilgrimage destination. The titles
have been chosen in a variety of formats to
meet the basic research and general
interest needs of adult citizens using a
public library. Most of the resources are
reviewed and review sources are listed at
the end of each description.
THE CULTURAL POWER OF SACRED PLACES
SEEMS TO HAVE DIMINISHED LITTLE, AND
PERHAPS EVEN GROWN, IN THE MODERN
ERA. PARTICIPATION IN PILGRIMAGES HAS
INCREASED IMMENSELY IN RECENT DECADES
AS GREATER NUMBERS OF PEOPLE ARE ABLE
TO TRAVEL THE WORLD TO VISIT HOLY
SITES, PARTAKE IN CEREMONIES AND
RITUALS, AND ADD ANOTHER DIMENSION TO
THE EXPRESSION OF THEIR FAITH.
Pilgrimage paths to Santiago de Compostela
1. Smart, N., & Denny, F. W. (2007).
Atlas of the World's religions. New
York: Oxford University Press.
•Using maps, charts, timelines, photographs, and text, this atlas presents a
historical geography of religion. There are the edited writings of several
highly qualified authors who are all professors at universities around the
world. Through history the changes in the world of religion have been
traced by reference to broader traditions. The text and maps on the world's
religions are amplified with timelines and photographs of sacred
sites, figures, and objects. Furthermore, it continues to describe how
various beliefs were transmitted to different areas of the world. Because of
this work's inclusiveness and easy-to-read maps and text, it will be
appreciated by both specialists and generalists.
•ARBAonline, (Accessed: December 1, 2013).
•Choice, (Accessed: December 1, 2013).
•Booklist, reviewed by Wade Osburn (Accessed: December 1, 2013).
2. Melton, J. G. (2011). Religious
celebrations: An encyclopedia of
holidays, festivals, solemn
observances, and spiritual
Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
•This two-volume reference work documents a wide variety of religious
celebrations by a number of major religions. There are more than 600
entries including major entries for many of the world's religions. Each entry
has a short description, a list of see also references, and a short
bibliography. There is a large index at the end, and all entries are listed in
the table of contents in the front of each volume. Illustrated with many
black-and-white photographs and various charts, this book documents the
feasts and holidays of various religions and religious practices.
•ARBAonline, (Accessed: December 1, 2013).
3. Brockman, Norbert C. (2011).
Encyclopedia of Sacred Places (2nd
This encyclopedia documents the
diversity of shrines, temples, holy
places, and pilgrimage sites sacred
to the world's major religious
traditions. The book describes
specific places like the Erawan
Shrine and the Rock of Cashel, and
examines types of sacred
sites, pilgrimages, and practices.
• Over 300 A–Z entries covering
sites and pilgrimages sacred to the
world's major religious traditions
• Illustrative photographs and maps
• A glossary of relevant terms
• Appendices listing sites by
country, faith tradition, and
placement in the UNESCO list of
World Heritage Sites
• Covers a wide variety of faith
• Provides updated information
regarding recent events and
• Written to present the material in
each entry with respect for the
traditions of the associated religion
• Introduces sites sacred to new
religious movements that are rarely
presented in other encyclopedias.
•ABC-CLIO (Accessed: December
1, 2013) http://www.abcclio.com/product.aspx?isbn=97815988
4. UNESCO. (2013). UNESCO. Retrieved from http://en.unesco.org/
UNESCO is known as the "intellectual" agency of the United Nations. At a
time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable
development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to
innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism.
Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual
solidarity. UNESCO strives to build networks among nations by building
intercultural understanding: through protection of heritage and support for
cultural diversity. UNESCO created the idea of World Heritage to protect
sites of outstanding universal value. This website is a good free resource
for this topic. It is user friendly and easy to navigate.
5. Camino de Santiago:
The pilgrimage routes to
Santiago de Compostela
in pictures, created by
This website that was started in 2002 with 32 pages on the Camino Francés
with English captions and it now has over 500 pages with a total of nearly
5,000 pictures. It is intended to complement the many excellent
books, maps, and guides available commercially. These pages give day-byday descriptions of 8 Caminos, nearly all of them in both English and
Spanish, and provide first-hand impressions of questions which others have
raised in the past. The website updates daily.
6. Scott, Robert A. (2010). Miracle
cures: saints, pilgrimage, and the
healing powers of belief. California:
University of California Press.
Why in an age of advanced biotechnology and medicine, do millions still go
on pilgrimages? Why do journeys to important religious shrines—such as
Lourdes, Compostela, Fátima, and Medjugorje—constitute a major
This book is a sophisticated integration of historical analysis of religious
practice with the latest findings in medicine and the social sciences. It is an
extremely valuable addition to any collection on faith and medicine. The
author explores many aspects of the Christian practice of pilgrimages from
medieval to contemporary times including the latest phenomenon of
"virtual pilgrimage" on the Internet.
• Library Journal, (May 15, 2010)
• Science (AAAS), (June 25, 2010)
• Choice, (November 1, 2010)
• Teresa Malcom National Catholic Reporter, (October 15, 2010)
7. Chant, A.
(Composer), Chant, G.
Miracles of Santiago:
Music from the Codex
Calistinus. Recorded by
Anonymous 4. CD.
•The program is a selection of chant and polyphony taken from a
fascinating 12th-century manuscript that includes not only music, but also
sermons, stories, legends, and "an informative travel guide to the
pilgrimage routes through France and Spain." Renowned for their unearthly
vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous
4 combine historical scholarship with contemporary performance intuition
to create their magical sound.
•AMG All Music Guide, (Accessed: December 2, 2013).
(Accessed: December 2, 2013).
8. Trion. (2008). Pilgrim.
Recorded by Trion. CD.
Birmingham, UK: Cyclops
•Pilgrim is an instrumental concept with no lyrics. The sound of the band
employs lashing of the Hammond organ, the piano and vintage synthesizer
sounds. This expanded palette adds a depth to the music and provides a
greater variety of textures, such as the church organ. This great music that
has style is influenced from the past, but is still a progression. It sounds
great and is excellently played. Why not embark “on another
journey, through a wonderful world full of questions and answers..." (Mark
•AMG All Music Guide, (Accessed: December 2, 2013).
•http://www.dprp.net/reviews/200760.php (Accessed: December 2, 2013).
9. Dickinson, D. (2009). Death of a pilgrim.
New York: Soho Constable.
This historical mystery transports readers
to the early twentieth century depicting a
group of pilgrims who are walking to
Santiago de Compostela. The
characters, setting and writing make the
book very appealing and interesting
because of a more up to date perspective
of pilgrimages and the reader will learn a
lot about them.
• Booklist, (February 15, 2009)
• Kirkus Reviews, (January 1, 2009)
• Publishers Weekly, (December 15, 2008)
10. UNESCO. World Heritage Review
(Quarterly Online Journal).
(Accessed: December 1, 2013).
World Heritage Review is the free
official UNESCO quarterly journal that
is produced in English, French and
Spanish in printed and online versions.
Featuring in-depth articles on cultural
and natural World Heritage sites and
lavishly illustrated, each issue is a
journey of discovery with original
articles on various sites from experts
in the field together with news
items, analysis and a sharing of best
practices on major topics.
11. Estevez, E. (Director). (2012). The
Way. DVD. USA: ARC Entertainment
• "The Way" is a powerful and
inspirational movie on how God brings
people together who are from various
cultures and countries allowing us to
see the world through many different
eyes and how all of us are seeking the
same things. It is a movie that can be
watched over and over again.
• Washington Post, (October 7, 2011)
• New York Times, (October 6, 2011)
• Christian Science Monitor, (October
• The Observer, (May 14, 2011)
12. Bridgeman Art
Library. (2013). In
Art, Culture and
• The Bridgeman Art Library is a central source of fine art for image users
with images from over 8,000 collections and more than 29,000 artists. It
has been working with museums, art galleries and artists since 1972. The
result is an outstanding archive of images drawn from the greatest
collections throughout the world. Many of them have never been made
accessible to a wider audience. Fine art is just one of the sources of images;
design, antiques, maps, architecture, furniture, glass, ceramics, anthropolo
gical artefacts and many others are also featured in the collection.
• The website allows you to explore the collection in depth with quick and
advanced search options. Exciting new content is being added to the
website every day with over 500 new images added each week.
You can type Pilgrimage in the Search box and you will have 1717 results of
excellent art works from different resources and collections around the
Click on any image and you will receive its enlarged copy with the
corresponding metadata on the right as shown below:
1. ABC-CLIO. Retrieved from http://www.abc-clio.com/
2. Amazon. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com
3. AMG All Music Guide. Retrieved from http://www.allmusic.com/search/all/Pilgrim
4. ARBAonline. Retrieved from http://arba.lu.com.ezproxy.dom.edu/search
5. Arkiv Music. Retrieved from http://www.arkivmusic.com/
6. Booklist. Retrieved from http://booklistonline.com/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
7. Bridgeman Art, Culture and History. Retrieved from http://www.bridgemanart.com/en-US/
8. Camino de Santiago: The pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in pictures, created by
Internetworks Ltd. Retrieved from http://www.santiago-compostela.net/
9. Choice. Retrieved from http://www.cro3.org.ezproxy.dom.edu/search
10. Credo Reference. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com.ezproxy.dom.edu/
11. Cyclops Records. Retrieved from http://www.cyclopsrecords.info/cyclist.html
12. DPRP - Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved from http://www.dprp.net/reviews
13. Gale Cendage Learning. Retrieved from http://www.cengage.com/search/
14. Google. Retrived from http://google.com/
15. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from https://www.kirkusreviews.com/
16. Oak Park Public Library. Retrieved from http://www.oppl.org
17. UNESCO. Retrieved from http://en.unesco.org/
18. Video Librarian. Retrived from http://www.videolibrarian.com.ezproxy.dom.edu/
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