Whether because of religion, fad dieting or Instagram, humans have long made food offerings in the hope of connecting with the sublime.
Thousands of devotees were visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine to mark the beginning of the year.
An artist and an innkeeper have enlisted the help of a burro in their effort to rescue the traditions of Spain’s ancient pilgrimage route from mass tourism (and selfies).
Until my cancer diagnosis, I did not understand that one future comes at the exclusion of all others.
Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.
No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.
Finding omens of American decline on a long walk across Asia.
Every year, millions of pilgrims descend on the central Iraqi city of Karbala to commemorate the Shiite holiday of Arbaeen, one of the largest organized gatherings in the world.
Pilgrims from across the West African country flocked to the holy city of Touba, where they slept, ate and prayed together for the Magal religious festival — despite coronavirus concerns.
The coronavirus pandemic has curtailed the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, limiting the number of people and barring people from outside the kingdom.
The coronavirus pandemic upended the plans of millions of Muslims, for whom the once-in-a-lifetime trip is a sacred milestone.
His image is so commonplace that you could believe it must always have existed — yet for six centuries after his death, he was never once depicted in human form.
The presence of millions of pilgrims in Mecca and Medina will have lethal consequences.
People have always responded to epidemics by spreading rumor and false information and portraying the disease as foreign and brought in with malicious intent.
Pakistan’s government is dithering in the face of the epidemic because it’s not sure what to fear the most.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges Indians to stay home at a time when hundreds of thousands of Hindus usually try to gather at Ayodhya.