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Different levels of meeting (with other participants, with other cultures, with art, with oneself, with nature or God) and the sense of community are essential experiences during a pilgrimage. The following text deals with the meaning and functions of pilgrimage rituals concerning community and team spirit. What part does the performing dimension of symbolic acting play and how does the ritual intention differ from the intention of everyday acting? The recent attraction of pilgrimage goes back also to a growing longing for rituals and tradition enabling people to leave the everyday life in a limited, well structured and most of all repeatable way.