Brigitte Luchesi, "Kevelaer – A New Place for Tamil Pilgrimages in the Diaspora", in: Ute Luig (Ed.), Approaching the Sacred. Pilgrimage in historical and intercultural perspective, Berlin: Edition Topoi, 2018, 277–298


Kevelaer is one of the most important Marian pilgrimage sites in Germany, deriving its fame from a miraculous picture of the Madonna, known as Consolatrix Afflictorum (‘Comforter of the Afflicted’). Since 1987, Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka have been meeting in Kevelaer once a year adopting the Kevelaer Madonna as their own Madhu Mata who lent herself to meet the needs of persons who have experienced anxiety and hardships in their homeland and a great deal of uncertainty as immigrants in the West. The focus of the contribution is on ritual aspects distinguishing the Tamilenwallfahrt from organized pilgrimages of other groups. Special attention is paid to the fact that not only Roman Catholics take part in the Tamilenwallfahrt, but a significant number of Tamil Hindus as well.

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