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Spirituality in Silence and Nature: Motivations, Experiences, and Impressions among Swedish Pilgrims

Davidsson-Bremborg, Anna LU (2008) In Journal of Empirical Theology 21(2). p.149-165
Abstract
Pilgrimages arranged by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden are a relatively new, but growing phenomenon. Th is study examines Swedish pilgrims’ background, motivations, and experiences. Most pilgrims are highly educated, middle-aged persons with a strong relation to the church. However, a group of religiously interested persons with weaker bonds with the church was also identifi ed. Th e pilgrims uphold a multitude of motivations both on an individual as well as on a group level. The most common motivation is a longing for nature, but three different motivation groups were identified: a leisure group, a spiritual–religious group, and an

escape group. Depending on their motivations, the pilgrims appreciate diverse parts of... (More)
Pilgrimages arranged by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden are a relatively new, but growing phenomenon. Th is study examines Swedish pilgrims’ background, motivations, and experiences. Most pilgrims are highly educated, middle-aged persons with a strong relation to the church. However, a group of religiously interested persons with weaker bonds with the church was also identifi ed. Th e pilgrims uphold a multitude of motivations both on an individual as well as on a group level. The most common motivation is a longing for nature, but three different motivation groups were identified: a leisure group, a spiritual–religious group, and an

escape group. Depending on their motivations, the pilgrims appreciate diverse parts of the pilgrimage. One exception is the silent walk, which gets the highest score by almost everyone. The author discusses if the highly valued silence in group might reflect the power of strong selfexpression values among Swedes found in other studies. (Less)
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escape group. Depending on their motivations, the pilgrims appreciate diverse parts of the pilgrimage. One exception is the silent walk, which gets the highest score by almost everyone. The author discusses if the highly valued silence in group might reflect the power of strong selfexpression values among Swedes found in other studies.},
  author       = {Davidsson-Bremborg, Anna},
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  keyword      = {pilgrimage,pilgrim,motivations,self expression values,Sweden},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {149--165},
  publisher    = {Brill Academic Publishers},
  series       = {Journal of Empirical Theology},
  title        = {Spirituality in Silence and Nature: Motivations, Experiences, and Impressions among Swedish Pilgrims},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2008},
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