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Some recent notes on Dayanand Saraswati’s belligerent and bigoted Hinduism

For my record and reference – based on recent study. Of course, there are many other references to Dayanand on this blog over the years. Dayanand Saraswati's "enlightened" caste system with two types of schools. – from Satyarth Prakash Posted by Sanjeev Sabhlok on Saturday, 15 February 2020 Further details of how the "qualitativ...
Tags: Travel, India, Religion, Sanjeev Sabhlok, Dayanand Saraswati, Dayanand, Satyarth Prakash Posted

A colourful kimono on a cold and windy day

The blustery weather was absolutely biting, but the colours of this kimono and the late afternoon sun at least offered the suggestion of some warmth.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture

Burmese anger grows over pornographic video shot at Buddhist site

Italian couple’s footage against backdrop of Myanmar’s ‘holy land’ provokes outrage Outrage is growing in Myanmar after the emergence of a 12-minute pornographic video shot in Bagan, the country’s best-known tourist spot and Unesco heritage site featuring thousands of revered Buddhist pagodas.The video was posted on PornHub by users who described themselves as a 23-year-old Italian couple. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Unesco, South and Central Asia, Myanmar, Buddhism, Buddhist, Bagan, Coronavirus outbreak

Buddhist street musician surprise

Tokyo is a city of contrasts, as well as constant surprises, so even if you know what’s round the next corner, you never really know what you are going to see. It could, for example, be a Buddhist playing a bamboo flute. Or possibly even more unexpected, a foreign person taking photographs.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo, Buddhist

Conclusive proofs that Shiva and Ganesha are NOT Vedic gods. This further confirms that the Vedic religion is foreign to India.

The Vedic religion is all about fire worship. So what is the link (if any) between Vedas and Shiva and Ganesha – which have everything to do with fertility worship. What do Shiva, Parvati (both related to fertility) and Ganesha – their "son", have to do with the Vedas? They are purely Hindu gods. Not […]
Tags: Travel, India, Religion, Vedas, Shiva

Nehru’s 7 August 1947 letter to Rajendra Prasad regarding the question of banning cow slaughter

This is why I hold Nehru in high esteem on many issues, excluding his socialist policies. Source To Rajendra Prasad New Delhi 7 August 1947 My dear Rajendra Babu, I have just received your letter of today’s date 2. I have also received a large number of telegrams and post cards about stopping cow slaughter, […]
Tags: Travel, India, Religion, Nehru, Rajendra Prasad, Rajendra Prasad New Delhi, Rajendra Babu

Sanjay Sonawani’s book, Origin of Caste, has been launched on 19 December 2019

Sanjay’s excellent book which outlines a new (and in my view, extremely plausible) theory of the origin of caste, has been released on 19 December. I have written a foreword to the book. I have outlined Sanjay’s work in my TOI blog, here. I look forward to a robust discussion among intellectuals and historians of […]
Tags: Travel, India, Religion, Sanjay, Sanjay Sonawani

Witch Hunts - More than Just Salem. Scotland Had Many Many More

As recently reported, there has been an under reporting of the degree and length of witch hunting in Scotland. Over the span of 200 years, thousands of people, mainly women, stood accused of witchcraft and were often tortured and executed. I have found many articles recently and here is a map (with a clickable link) to see who and exactly where: Mapping Scotland’s Grim History of Witch-Hunting A new interactive map project from Edinburgh University charts the bloody wave of persecution direct...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Scotland, Religion, Edinburgh University, Denmark, Scandinavia, North Sea, Astrology, James, Northern Europe, Superstitions, Anne, Orkney, Sullivan

12 Brilliant Tech Hacks For Your Next Trip

Ready, set, bookmark! To make traveling, whether it's for business or pleasure, as hassle-free and enjoyable as possible, we've rounded up the best tech travel hacks on the web. From how to pack properly to how to share photos once you've returned, your gadgets do so many things to help capture your memories and keep you organized. And you'll find it all right here. How did we ever travel without them before? Related: 2019 Is Your Year to Travel Like a Pro, Thanks to These 31 Life-Saving Pro...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Travel Tips, Digital Life, Life Hacks

"Many of the Anangu themselves live in a trash-strewn community near the rock... a jarring contrast to the exclusive resorts that surround the monolith..."

"... where tourists seated at white tablecloths drink sparkling wines and eat canapés as the setting sun turns Uluru a vivid red. Those tourists point to other dualities, too. While Uluru is so sacred to the Anangu that there are certain parts that they do not want photographed or even touched, they welcome the visitors who tool around its base on camels or Segways, or take art lessons in its shadow. Then there is the challenge that comes with making the case that the rock is sacred without bein...
Tags: Travel, Law, Australia, Religion, Uluru, Don, Cowley, Ann Althouse

Death rituals around the world

Death is one of the common denominators of the human race, but the ways that we respond to it are vastly different. Four thousand years ago, the early Dilmun civilization buried their dead in thousands of low, cylindrical towers, the remnants of which can still be seen dotting the landscape of Bahrain to this day. The Mayans would bury the deceased with corn in their mouths to feed their souls during their journey to the afterlife. And the Chachapoya people of modern-day Peru placed corpses i...
Tags: Travel, Death, Religion, Cultures, All, Burials, Death Rituals, Ceremonies

Here's How to Unlock Your Disney Hotel Room Door With the Disney World App

Everyone who goes on a Walt Disney World vacation gets a MagicBand. The handy little bracelet is your park ticket, holds all of your Disney Dining Plan meal credits, allows you to purchase merchandise, and unlocks your hotel room door. But sometimes MagicBands fail, which is where the My Disney Experience App comes in. Everyone with a smartphone heading to Disney World should already have this app downloaded (it's a huge life-saver). It's where you can see all of your dining reservations, FastP...
Tags: Apps, Hotels, Religion, Disney, Walt Disney World, Disney World, Tech Tips, Technology & Gadgets

Should women in churches distrust and be wary of all male staff members?

Forget the Billy Graham Rule. You know, the one that classifies all women as potential, shameless seductresses. I can think of a few pieces of advice and counsel I was given early and often as a young seminarian and pastor. One of these is that you have to watch out for women in the church because some of them are looking to seduce the pastor, that shining example of male rectitude and exemplary spiritual maturity. Yeah, all oslost, ministry ruined, when some shameless hussy enchantress sets he...
Tags: Religion, Tripadvisor, Bathsheba, Billy Graham, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cades Cove, SBC Issues

Interview: Behind Niyya’s Design-Minded Prayer Mats with Founder Myhra Mirza

Balancing tradition and style, the brand encourages expression of identity with pride Religious wares are almost always traditional, ornate, or even outdated, and it’s understandable considering they’re rooted in rituals that are thousands of years old. Rarely does a religious or symbolic item manage to be functional and authentic, while also being updated. But for Brooklyn-based designer Myhra Mirza, prayer mats (used predominantly within the …
Tags: Travel, Design, Religion, Tradition, Brooklyn, Islam, Homeware, Blankets, Made in America, Mats, Hand-Woven, Myhra Mirza, Niyya, Prayer Mats

Tokyo festival faces and fatigue

Traditional Japanese festivals are always worth seeing as there’s a unique energy that makes each and every one of them enjoyable. But for those involved, the effort to create that dynamic can clearly be exhausting.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Culture, Tokyo

Understanding Ramadan in Morocco

The sun dips down in the sky disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean. I seldom have watched a sunset so intently; waiting, waiting, waiting for that last little sliver to disappear. So much rested on that last sliver. My gaze moved from the sliver of sun to the restaurant around me.  Families and couples sat at the tables with a platter of water, orange juice, a hard-boiled egg, and some bread in front of them.  It was then that I realized that traveling during Ramadan in Morocco was a real learnin...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Turkey, Morocco, Festivals, Mosque, Casablanca, Ramadan, Sahara Desert, Marrakech, Marrakesh, Zanzibar, Cultural Experiences, Atlantic Ocean, Istanbul Turkey, Ottsworld Unique Travel

7 fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are locations of high value to humanity, either for their cultural, historical, or natural significance.Some are even designated as World Heritage Sites because humans don't go there at all, while others have felt the effects of too much human influence.These 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each represent an overlooked or at-risk facet of humanity's collective cultural heritage. None There are over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in places ranging from Afghanistan to ...
Tags: Art, Silk Road, Iraq, India, Religion, History, Afghanistan, Nature, Unesco, Taliban, Innovation, Zimbabwe, Jordan, Archeology, Unesco World Heritage Sites, Samarra

Roman Holy Stairs bared for pilgrims

For the first time in 300 years, worshippers will be able to ascend Rome’s Holy Stairs (or “Scala Santa”) — located in the Santuario della Scala Santa e Sancta Sanctorum — without its protective casing, lending the pilgrimage there an even greater significance. Said to have originally been located in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem until they were transported to Rome in 326 AD, these are the stairs that many believe Jesus climbed before receiving his death sentence from Pontius Pilate. ...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Jerusalem, Rome, Jesus, All, Pontius Pilate, Pentecost, Scala Santa, Holy Stairs, Holy Stairs Renovation, Holy Stairs Rome, Rome's Holy Stairs, Santuario della Scala Santa e Sancta Sanctorum

Sanjay Sonawani’s response on Reddit to some misguided “rebuttal” of his views

On Reddit someone called Mad_Sanghi wrote: This is weird. Instead of thinking vedas as the source of Hinduism, the author argues it is a later addition by some immigrants. I think it is BS, because bramahnical society was using them, before the gupta period, as is visible by rise of Buddhism or Jainism before 5 […]
Tags: Travel, India, Religion, Reddit, Jainism, Sanjay Sonawani, Mad_Sanghi

Of Bells and Believers in Agnone, Molise

Agnone, Molise Agnone, a small mountain town in the Molise region, is the kind of town you would miss if you were not looking for it. We were driving from Rome to Puglia and wanted to break up our trip with a stop overnight. Molise, Italy’s second smallest region and once part of a greater region with Abruzzo known collectively until 1970 as the Abruzzi, is so unknown amongst Italians that many joke that it doesn’t exist–Molise non esiste. So what better time than Easter to test o...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Rome, Italy, Florence, Easter, Naples, Puglia, Abruzzo, Molise, Featured Articles, Churches And Basilicas, Santa Croce, Good Friday, Marinelli, Festivals And Events

Uniformed nationalists at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine

On February 11th, which is National Foundation Day, several groups from the far right pay their respects at Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine with a parade of sorts and an official Shinto service. By far the most significant gathering, at least in terms of numbers anyway, is the troop pictured below. A ragtag bunch of characters that I’ve been photographing for quite a few years now — some of the results of which can be seen here. And this Monday, as ever, was no different, with the same flags, and to be ...
Tags: Travel, Photography, Religion, Tokyo, National Foundation Day

5 Reason Why Florence is my Favorite Italian City

I have fond memories of my five weeks traveling through Italy. I’m not a big fan of Rome. Florence, on the other hand, is my favorite Italian city. In a couple minutes, you’ll understand why and hopefully will be wanting to visit yourself. Florence Was the Home of Michaelangelo and Da Vinci It could easily be said that Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Medici family...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories 5 Reason Why Florence is my Favorite Italian City - Enclosu...
Tags: Travel, Food, Art, Religion, History, Italy, Florence, Unesco World Heritage Site, Europe Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Da Vinci, Rome Florence, Kochi, Michaelangelo, Art and Art Museums

5 Reasons Why Florence is my Favorite Italian City

I have fond memories of my five weeks traveling through Italy. I’m not a big fan of Rome. Florence, on the other hand, is my favorite Italian city. In a couple minutes, you’ll understand why and hopefully will be wanting to visit yourself. Florence Was the Home of Michaelangelo and Da Vinci It could easily be said that Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Medici family...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories 5 Reason Why Florence is my Favorite Italian City - Enclosu...
Tags: Travel, Food, Art, Religion, History, Italy, Florence, Unesco World Heritage Site, Europe Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Da Vinci, Rome Florence, Kochi, Michaelangelo, Art and Art Museums

Unpacking from the journey

In denominations like our own Episcopal Church, each new church season is a chance to set out on a journey. In Advent we journey with Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph through the season of preparation. From there we set out for the 12 days of Christmas, starting with the birth of Jesus and ending with the arrival of the wise men and the beginning of Epiphany. So it goes, through Lent and Easter and into the summer of Common time (and Vacation Bible School* for some). I just came home from a visit wit...
Tags: Travel, Religion, Jesus, Journey, Joseph, Episcopal Church, Speaking to the Soul, Elizabeth Mary, Kristin Fontaine, Dailey Data Group, Church Year, Kristin Fontaine Like

Journey to the Holy Land: Reflections on Palestine | Part 3 of 4

By Zainab Chaudry To travel to the Palestinian city of Hebron is to glimpse the grit, resilience and tenacity of the human spirit under extreme duress.  Located about twenty miles south of Jerusalem, it is the largest city in the occupied West Bank and the second largest Palestinian city after Gaza. It is home to Masjid Ibrahimi – a centuries-old mosque constructed above the tombs of four of the most beloved Prophets in Islam: Ibrahim (Abraham), Ishaq (Isaac), Yaqub (Jacob), and Yusuf...
Tags: Travel, Life, Religion, Jerusalem, United States, Gaza, Palestine, West Bank, Martin Luther King Jr, Muslims, Middle-east, Hebron, Ibrahim, CAIR, Muhammad, Rabi

Go to Church When You're on Vacation

This is not a story about your religious obligations! Even my Bible-thumping parents never dragged the family to church if our vacation overlapped with Sunday morning. But there are two great reasons to attend a religious service while you travel, regardless of your personal beliefs.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Church, Religion, Culture, Tourism, Lifehacks, Meeting People

Why Don’t Atheists Show More Curiosity About Their Own Beliefs?

We Christians get charged with believing things uncritically, not showing sufficient curiosity about other beliefs, or about how ours could be true. I’ve got the same sort of question for atheists.* Thinking Christian commenter Benjamin Cain supposes that the God Christians worship is a “human-like,” “monstrous,” “psychopathic,” “jealous, irrational, sadistic tyrant,” waving the equivalent of a “magic wand.” That’s all found in just one single tour de force of a comment. He’s not alone; Richard ...
Tags: Scotland, Church, Religion, History, Unesco, Paris, Atheism, God, Christian, Berkeley, Richard Dawkins, Martin Luther King Jr, Kepler, Newton, Faraday, Jesus Christ

Three Days of Christmas Feasts in Italy

Le Tre Feste di Natale  The Three Christmas Feasts  Most families in Italy begin celebrating il Natale on the evening of December 24 (la vigilia di Natale) with a big dinner. Because Christmas Eve is a vigilia di magro (a day of abstinence on which the Catholic Church prohibits the consumption of meat), the centerpiece of the meal is fish.  The traditional choice is eel, a favorite of the ancient Romans that appears in the earliest known cookbook, written by a gourmand known as Apicius. This...
Tags: Travel, Books, Games, Religion, Rome, Culture, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Virgin, Catholic Church, Food And Drink, Jesus, Stephen, Siena

Christmas Family Traditions in Italy

    Le tradizioni di Natale  Christmas Traditions  “Natale con i tuoi; Pasqua con chi vuoi,” Italians say. “Christmas with your family; Easter with whomever you want.” An Italian Christmas centers on casa (home) and stare insieme in famiglia (being together as a family). Here are some of the most beloved traditions among Italian families: L’albero di Natale e il presepio (the Christmas tree and Nativity scene) Italians in the northern part of the country began decorating alberi di Natale (Chr...
Tags: Travel, Books, Religion, History, Culture, Current Affairs, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Christmas Tree, Sicily, Italian Expressions, Natale, Sayings and expressions, Italian language

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