Pilgrimage: From the Ganges to Graceland : an Encyclopedia, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2002 - History - 769 pages
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From Mecca to Graceland, Canterbury to Vatican City, special places that affect the human spirit have been luring multitudes of visitors throughout human history. Where are the world's most important pilgrimage sites? Who are the pilgrims? Why are they going? How do they behave once they reach their destinations? Pilgrimage is a comprehensive compendium of all the basic facts from ancient times to the 21st century. Illustrated with maps and photographs that enrich the reader's journey, this authoritative volume explores sites, people, activities, rites, terminology, and other matters related to pilgrimage such as economics, tourism, and disease. Encompassing all major and minor world religions, from ancient cults to modern faiths, both religious and secular pilgrimage sites are covered. Compiled by experts, who have co-authored numerous books on pilgrimage and are pilgrims in their own right, the entries will appeal to students, scholars, and general readers.
  

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I was amazed with the details about the shrines, sacred traditions and popular cultures with we may relate to the 'pilgrimage'. But, I was shocked to notice a serious mistake on page 191, the entry about Gandhi, where it is mentioned as 'On January 30, 1948, Gandhi was assasinated by a Muslim.'
The facts surrounding the assasination of Gandhi are well established. The assasin was duly tried and punished. He name was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu extrimist. NOT a Muslim. You can find some quick information at the link: http://www.mkgandhi.org/assassin.htm. Hundreds of books have been published on Gandhi since his assasination. I have never come across such a mistake in any one of those books.
Why I am serious about this mistake:
1. Serious communal tensions still exist among the Hindus and Muslims in India. Such mistake, included in an otherwise dependable book, can mislead many first time readers.
2. Wrong information about a person of world repute, (correct version of which is widely available without much effort), has diminished the credibility of the book which is supposed to be named rightly as an enclopedia.
I believe the writers will correct the error in the second edition of the book.
A K M Zahidul Islam
London, UK
 

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I am amazed at the depth of information.
I was researching Wu Tai Shan and was able to find information here to a depth required.
There is a wealth of information here for the researcher and reader

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