chapter  Chapter 2
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Everyday Life and Pilgrimage

WithRuma Bose

Following on from introducing the pilgrimage, this chapter attempts to familiarize the reader to the world of the pilgrims and the everyday context of life in which pilgrimage occurs. As people make sense of their world through their lived experience, so it is necessary to understand how religious consciousness and social structures prevalent in everyday life manifest in pilgrimage. But given the rich symbolic world of Hinduism and the complex stratification of its society, how is this to be understood and conveyed without risking generalizations?