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This pilgrim is unusual in dressing entirely in white; nowadays most pilgrims opt for the white shroud, staff and more convenient modern clothing and headgear. There is no prescribed apparel that must be worn, however, and pilgrims are free to choose the clothing they feel most suited to their pilgrimage.(1/2)
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