In 2016, over 277,000 pilgrims walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. Of that number, 53,704 walked the Camino in August of that year. Very few of those pilgrims – 400 – came from Caribbean countries. Two of them were from Jamaica. I was one of them. This first-person Gadamerian hermeneutic phenomenological study interprets a Jamaican man’s meaning-making before, during, and after walking the Camino pilgrimage. In the study, I explored meaning-making through a constructive-developmental lens. I explained how I made meaning, as a border-dweller, or as someone who lives in-between worlds and in the borderlands. I described and interpreted my spiritual-awakening experiences and transition. I conducted this study, partly, to add the voice of an Afro-Caribbean person to the bodies of literature on development of meaning-making and spiritual-awakening experiences. Data for the study consisted of journal entries, blog posts, and photographs that I wrote, published, and took before, during, and after my Camino pilgrimage. The results from the study revealed what I made meaning of, the meanings I made, and how I expressed those meanings. Findings from the study – Camino as metaphor, Being In-Limbo-land, Self in transition, and Trans-Afro spiritualization – could help Afro-Caribbean people validate their spiritual experiences. They could also inform professionals, such as educators, leaders, and developmental coaches, and parents about efficacious ways of supporting and serving Afro-Caribbean people.
|Advisor:||Gallegos, Placida V.|
|Commitee:||Douglas, Ty-Ron, Morris, Jo Ann, Scanlon-Greene, Mark, Schapiro, Steven|
|School:||Fielding Graduate University|
|Department:||The School of Human and Organization Development|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Caribbean Studies, Developmental psychology, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, Constructive-developmental theory, In-betweenness, Jamaican, Self-realization, Spiritual-awakening experiences|
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