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Beebe Bahrami is an established travel, food and wine, adventure, and cross-cultural writer and cultural anthropologist. She is a frequent contributor to Transitons Abroad. Her work appears in many other publications, including Michelin Green Guides, National Geographic books, SouthSilkRoad.com, TheExpeditioner.com, The Pennsylvania Gazette, and in Bark, Wag, Expedition, and Archaeology magazines. Her travel book, The Spiritual Traveler Spain: A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes, is available from HiddenSpring Books, an imprint of Paulist Press. Please see our review of her recent book Historic Walking Guide: Madrid.
Beebe annually divides her time between the U.S. and the western Mediterranean. For 25 years she has been dedicated to researching and writing about Spain, France, Portugal, and Morocco. She also writes about other European destinations and the U.S. All of her writing comes from firsthand, current, and well-researched knowledge, honed both as a writer and cultural anthropologist. This also means using foreign language skills, talking to locals from all walks of life, painting, photographing, cooking, harvesting, surfing, hiking, and exploring just about everywhere on foot.
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The Spiritual Traveler: Spain—A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes
The Spiritual Traveler Spain—A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes (HiddenSpring Books, 978-1-58768-047-2) is a celebration of the truly sacred and spiritual places, traditions, peoples, and roads of Spain. It is a non-denominational and deeply anthropological and folkloric travel book on Spain’s prehistoric, pagan, Jewish, Christian, and Muslim past. It is also a spiritual exploration of the country’s diverse present, such as in emerging communities dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism, animistic Earth-based spiritualities, as well as current revivals of the land’s connection to the three Abrahamic faiths. Each chapter explores a region, a thematic route, and the most vibrant spiritual life of that area.
Spain is an ancient land with a continuity of many eras and many peoples who inhabited the peninsula for over 40,000 years. The Spiritual Traveler: Spain explores these rich layers, from the original Paleolithic inhabitants, to ancient Iberians, Celts, Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Jews, Visigoths, Arabs and Berbers, to the emerging Castilians, and to recent spiritualities that blend old and new, native and imported. The Spiritual Traveler: Spain takes a rich journey north, south, east and west, from Paleolithic Altamira, to Celtic castros, to the medieval pilgrim’s road to Santiago, to the multi-faith splendors of Toledo, Cordoba and Granada, to St. Teresa’s mystical Avila, and onward, toward uncovering and celebrating the sacred in Spain, past and present.
The Spiritual Traveler Spain is available at your favorite online or on-the-ground bookseller.