Omar & Clark: The religious Expedition On a journey across the world

December 9, 2016 Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Today I visited Mecca, one of the holiest places in Saudi Arabia. This is the pilgrimage site for Muslims, for the come here at least once in their lifetime to perform hajj. We had first entered through the front gates, where we saw these amazing buildings and a whole lot of muslims. They were praying, doing wudu, and repenting for their sins. In the middle of mecca, specifically at the place where they perform hajj, there was the Kaaba. This is the holiest thing in mecca, for no one can go inside it. The Kaaba was made for Allah, or their god. Since they cannot go inside it, it is required to walk around 15 down. You could expect that that would be dangerous, mostly because it doesn't stop. The circle keeps going, so if you trip you won't be able to get up that easily. The basic structure is like a huge stadium. Just thing of an outdoor stadium, with no top, and instead of turf and the end zones and all that, the Kaaba is in the middle and you see thousands of muslims circling the Kaaba, reciting the shahada.

December 10th, 2016. Today we are visiting Rome, Italy. Specifically, we are visiting Vatican city, home of the great Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis. The Roman Catholic Church is so beautiful and amazing. I can see these bodies of people You look at the front entrance and the view is astonishing. From the outside it looks like this huge castle with amazing white pillars. On the inside, it's this like a huge museum in which there is in multiple halls and one huge inner courtyard. This is important to Christians because this is one of the oldest Christian institutes and played a predominant role in history.

December 13, 2016. Today, we visited Jerusalem. Specifically, the Western wall. We first come in, and we see this Humongous wall with letters placed inside the wall. The western wall had been apart of the Temple mount, where their god has chosen the resting place for The Divine Presence. This is significant for the Jewish Religion because placing notes in the Western Wall refers to the practice of placing slips of paper containing written prayers to God in the cracks of the Western Wall.

December 20th, 2016 Today I visited Dwarka. Dwarka is India’s one of the oldest city. It has significant importance due to religious places in the city. It is also included in the list of seven most holy places of India for Hindu followers. There are various temples situated in the city like Rukmini Temple, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Sri Dwarkanath and others. This place was gorgeous. During the day, it looks like this beige castle with a flag on top. During the night, however It kind of looks like the castle from dream works animation, but has a lot more lights and is more festive. This is also one of the four sacred Hindu sites, and one of seven of the most holiest cities in the country.

December 21, 2016. Today is my last day of my religious expedition, as we travel to Nepal, where we can find one of the Buddhist pilgrammage sites. This place is called Lumbini. You can tell if you are in the right place if you see the huge brown beam coming from the ground. This is the birthplace pf Buddha himself. Making pilrammage here is said to produce a feeling of spiritual urgency. The holy site of Lumbini is bordered by a large, kind of " Religious Zone". Only monasteries can be built, no shops, hotels or restaurants. It is separated into an eastern and western monastic zone, the eastern having the Theravadin monasteries, the western having Mahayana and Vajrayana monasteries. This castle like structure is white with four flags on each corner. They had a sphere in the middle with a gold structure on top.

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