As the Honors College Seminar on Liminality of the University of Missouri considered the ubiquitous phenomenon of pilgrimage, many questions arose. Here are some for your reflection:
What is the difference between pilgrimages marked by religious tradition, narratives and symbol systems, and those shared by persons who are more secular in outlook?
How do the physical signs of pilgrimage – symbols and structures along the way, simple dress, sleeping quarters – shape the outcomes?
In what ways to pilgrims and tourists differ?
What role does facing our fears play in the subtle pilgrimages we make all the time?
Though pilgrimage has often required traveling to remote locations, must it be distant for it to be transformative?
Does the state of liminality change as pilgrims evolve throughout the journey?
How are suffering and liminality related?