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Pilgrimages are a method of showing religious devotion by visiting holy sites often either the burial place of a saint the place of death of a religious martyr or the site of a holy relic While several different religions utilized this practice none was as popular or widespread as the religious pilgrimages of the Christians in the Middle Ages Because of the fact that in the Middle Ages the church encouraged a theology of association Pilgrims believed that the relics of the saints which were kept at the pilgrimage sites ensured the presence of the saint They would undertake a pilgrimage to gain better health for themselves or loved ones promising that if they or their loved ones were cured they would make a pilgrimage to the saints grave as thanks People also went on pilgrimages as a means of penance to uphold a vow to discharge a religious obligation or to gain protection from enemies EMPP While pilgrimages had originally commonly consisted of a lone pilgrim quietly going about his business as they gained in popularity they quickly became a means of punishment reconciliation and scandal to name a few The garb of a pilgrim in the middle ages resembled the dress of a Dominican monk It was generally made up of a long smock over which was worn a hooded cape They wore low crowned wide brimmed hats to protect from wet weather tied under the chin by two strings which were long enough that the pilgrim could let the hat hang down their backs when it was not needed They wore a belt which crossed across their chests and from which their wallets hung The wallets were meant to be carrying cases for food money relics and any other necessities They also often carried bells in their hands or some others pilgrimes will have with them baggepipes so that every town that they came through what with the noice of their singing
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