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Places of Pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days.This is bound to reduce the value of the Pilgrimage for ChristiansDo you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

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AMDG Coursework 3 24th October 2004 Places of Pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days. This is bound to reduce the value of the Pilgrimage for Christians Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view. These days money is everything, and the second someone sees the opportunity to make a bit of cash they jump at the chance. For example, places of pilgrimage are visited by many of the millions of Christians in the whole world, yearly, and never does the number of these pilgrims fall drastically; giving merchants customers continuously. In this essay you will hear of just exactly how these merchants affect the value of Pilgrimage for Pilgrims. ...read more.

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So, many people decide that instead of driving the rest of the way, that they will walk there instead. Doing as such is fine, but the local merchants (a lot) can see this, and take advantage. They set up their stalls across the street and stuff goods in your face literally. I mean even if they don't speak the same language as you, they'll still persist and figure out some way of selling you their goods. And most of the time their goods are quite, well... rubbish. To some Christians this can get in the way of the real focus of actually visiting the places of pilgrimage and taking the time to reflect. ...read more.

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So, they simply go to their choice of Pilgrimage, and if someone was to offer them some goods they might buy or they might not. It's as simple as that. Lets say that we chose Lourdes as our place of pilgrimage. Lourdes don't allow such commodities to be sold in the grounds apart from candles, costing whatever you can afford; of which you are under no obligation to buy. This view shows that there aren't any problems with the commercial side to pilgrimage. In conclusion, I agree with the first view as commercialisation can get in the way of your main purpose of visit, reflection. However, I do feel that personally, the commercial side to Pilgrimage would not affect myself whilst on Pilgrimage, as I myself would probably want to buy a gift or something like that, and I feel that I could easily ignore them if need be. ...read more.

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