Monday, December 1, 2008

21-22 November – Amritsar, India

After spending the last three months in Muslim countries, we are now facing other religions. We had our first encounter with a Hindu temple at the Matah Temple in Amritsar. All kinds of weird figures/dolls were revered by people who were kissing the statues and sacrificing flowers and coconuts. To say the least, this is a very bizarre spectacle. We are truly ignorant so far about Hinduism, but we will for sure learn more in the coming weeks.
The following day we switched focus to the Sikh religion. Amritsar is the holy city of the Sikh’s. We visited the Golden Temple and got a lesson in what it means to be a Sikh. The books that the ten Gurus wrote many years ago play a central role in the Sikh religion. The most important books are kept in the Golden Temple.

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