Depending on your background and/or ethnic origin, very different images spring to mind when seeing the word ‘pilgrim’. When I Googled for an illustration for the word I was shocked at how many cartoons and photos there were of people in inaccurate pseudo-17th century dress because I just don’t associate pilgrim with Pilgrim Fathers.
Pilgrims exist in every age, country and religion, and since pictures speak a thousand words I’m going to let Google image do the talking for me. Here are a few pictures from around the world. I’ve tried to choose pretty ones.
Medina in Saudi Arabia
Lourdes in France
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Ynys Enlli off the north coast of Wales where the soil is “made from the bones of a thousand saints”!
Tai Shan, a sacred mountain, in China
One of forty thousand pilgrims bathing in the sea at Gangasagar.