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Pilgrimage and Purpose: Ancestor Research as Sacred Practice in a Secular Age

Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Melbourne 3800, Australia
Genealogy 2021, 5(4), 90; https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5040090
Received: 19 August 2021 / Revised: 27 September 2021 / Accepted: 18 October 2021 / Published: 21 October 2021
This paper explores the ways in which ancestor research has become a replacement for religious community and practice in a post-religious world. We explore the parallels of popular present-day family history pursuits with traditional religious practices, noting the similarities in how the practices are used to foster and strengthen feelings of identity, purpose, and belonging. We look at three particular customs that are common to those interested in ancestor research: the handing on of ‘sacred’ stories and objects with familial significance; acts of pilgrimage to ancestrally significant places; and engaging in ‘ritual’ gatherings, either with extended family or with others who share the interest of ancestor research. View Full-Text
Keywords: secular rituals; post-religious; sacred stories; pilgrimage; family ritual; ceremony secular rituals; post-religious; sacred stories; pilgrimage; family ritual; ceremony
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Robinson, R. Pilgrimage and Purpose: Ancestor Research as Sacred Practice in a Secular Age. Genealogy 2021, 5, 90. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5040090

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Robinson R. Pilgrimage and Purpose: Ancestor Research as Sacred Practice in a Secular Age. Genealogy. 2021; 5(4):90. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5040090

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Robinson, Rebecca. 2021. "Pilgrimage and Purpose: Ancestor Research as Sacred Practice in a Secular Age" Genealogy 5, no. 4: 90. https://doi.org/10.3390/genealogy5040090

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