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  • Published: 11 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473562950
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Waypoints



A spellbinding travel book, which explores the psychology of pilgrimage, wilderness and walking.

After growing unhappy in his desk-bound job in London, Rob Martineau craved a kind of pilgrimage and a physical experience that would push his mind and body to its limits. He had a sense that the process of walking, of putting one foot in front of another, might cure this overwhelming feeling of inertia. So he walked for six months from Accra in Ghana to Ouidah, the spiritual centre of the ancient animist kingdom of Benin.

He walked alone for 1,200 miles across desert, through forests, over mountains, carrying everything he needed on his back, sleeping in villages or on the side of paths, travelling from shrine to shrine. Along the way he met Dogomba shamans, Beninese archaeology professors, Vodou priests, local historians and kings. He listened to their stories and learned about their folklore and how they viewed nature, past generations and kin.

Drawing widely on landscape and culture, as well as the writers who inspired his journey, Rob Martineau asks question about pilgrimage, wilderness and how to live in nature. Through it all he shows that the ancient animist traditions of the region have much to teach us, and how a walking pilgrimage can change a person.

  • Published: 11 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473562950
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

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