Category Archives: Religion

Weekly Photo Challenge: ENDURANCE, 3

Before this week’s challenge slips away, I want to include some architecture with remarkable powers of endurance. This is the little Romanesque church in Taizé, France, the yearly destination of thousands upon thousands of pilgrims, especially young adults. (Romanesque in European art … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ZIGZAG, 2

What beautiful memories these particular zigzags conjure up! These are the vermilion zigzag edges of the pagoda associated with Kiyomizu-dera in Kyoto. Anyone complaining about August heat in New England just needs to head for Japan in the summer. The very definition of HOT! … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: REFLECTION

I love this theme! There are so many different kinds of reflection. There’s thinking, mirroring, doubling, confusing — Let’s begin small, with a flickering candle in Maine: Pick up the pace with a  “castle” tower, part of the Yale Art … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Self-Portrait, 4

Can you believe — a picture of me with me in it? Not a glimpse, reflection, shadow or fragment? Not a self-portrait, though. Frank took this one, and it’s one of the very few that I can bear to look … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CELEBRATION, 3

Here are two of husband Frank’s photos taken at a celebration of Palm Sunday in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Servers and incense bearers lead the way up through the narrow cobblestoned steets, followed by a float bearing Christ entering … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder, 3

When it comes to trees —- the Japanese have the right idea! Shinto is an animist religion which worships Kami, spirits that inhere in nature: in oceans, rivers, the sun, rocks, perhaps above all, in TREES.  Every Shinto shrine I’ve visited … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden

In an inner sanctum at Ise Jingu, the shrine in Japan’s Mie Prefecture dedicated to the founding goddess Ameratsu, this Shinto priest is folded into himself:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: COMFORT

“I will lift up mine eyes to the hills From whence cometh my help —“ –   Psalm 121 A lot depends on punctuation here. The atheist might put a semi-comma after “hills” and a question mark after help. A … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: PATH

Into the shrine at Miyajima — a lone tourist/pilgrim on the long entrance path. This photo was taken a year or two before a typhoon destroyed the famous “island” Shinto shrine outside of Hiroshima that is surrounded by tidal water twice … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: ENTRANCE

Still in San Miguel de Allende, another entrance: On Palm Sunday, Jesus entering “Jerusalem” on his donkey, solemnly processing through the crowded streets of San Miguel. In this devout city, Easter Week is filled with celebrations solemn and joyous, stark … Continue reading

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