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In this article we approach the current pilgrimage revival in Northern Europe as a process of translating established religious practices into a cultural heritage. We analyze pilgrim guidebooks to the St. Olav Ways with regard to how they micro-manage the pilgrims attention, shape the pilgrim experience, and suggest a new form of religious self-understanding to pilgrims as an heir of old traditions.

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Heritagization of religion is a process in which religious traditions, practices, imaginations, and infrastructures are dismantled and reassembled in a new framework. We outline a process, by which actors in the religious field gradually learn to engage in religious practices for their perceived historicity rather than based on faith.

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This page is a summary of: How to Be a Pilgrim: Guidebooks on the Norwegian St. Olav Ways and the Heritagization of Religion, Numen, September 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15685276-12341600.
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