The central theme of Translocal Lives and Religion concerns moving in one’s mind, or on earth, from place to place. Why do some people feel compelled to travel across physical as well as religious vistas, to find new insights, revelations, and ideas? Those of us who study such phenomena do not have definitive answers to this question. Ultimately, it remains largely a mystery why a small number of individuals—certainly small in the time period of most of the figures presented in this book—would go to such great lengths to reshape their identities, searching far and wide for the certainties that they seemed to crave.

Ten case studies tell the story of multiple locations in time, space, memory, and history, occupied by various religious actors who were mobile, not only literally but also figuratively. They moved across and between continents in the nineteenth-century world both physically and in their minds, their...

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