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Abstract

This article argues for the importance of geographic engagements with pilgrimage and its analysis through the lenses, considerations and sympathies of the mobilities turn. Pilgrimage is being increasingly recognised as a multifaceted sociocultural spatial practice that plays a significant role in the lives of millions of people and in numerous sites across the world. The geographies of mobilities' emphasis on movement and practices in shaping the world enable the formation of new understandings of pilgrimage. This article builds on the links being forged between the study of pilgrimage and the mobility field, by showing how pilgrimage, as an activity that is focused on performances in specific places, can be analysed as an embodied mobility. Pilgrimage is explored as a meaningful journey in which the performance entwines the outer physical and inner spiritual/emotion journey in a process that defines and shapes the people and places involved.