Sense of Place By: Katelyn Krogfoss

Day 1: I traveled to Nepal to learn more about Hinduism and the people that practice Hinduism. I learned a lot about about the culture and their language. Many of the people in Nepal brag about how hinduism is one of the oldest living religions in the world. Some people say that one is 'born a hindu' ,but there are now many Hindus of non-Indian descent.

Day 2: Today in Nepal I went to the Pashupatinath Temple. This temple is one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal. Pashupatinath is the most important temple dedicated to god Shiva. There were many elderly followers of hinduism here and one of them explained to me that It is believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as a human and that they were arriving here to die.

Day 3: Today I traveled to Thailand to learn more about Buddhism. Buddhism is based off an Indian prince named Siddharta Gautamathe. According to Buddhists, the prince was shocked by the suffering he saw outside his palace walls, so he left his life of luxury to seek answers. Eventually he succeeded, becoming Buddha ("The Enlightened one") Thailand home to many Buddhists. This religion is practiced by about 300 million people around the world. I went to Wat Phra Kaew which is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Wat Phra Kaew is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddah. The Emerald Buddah is believed to be hand crafted in 14th century Thailand.

Day 4: Today I went to Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun which is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai, Thailand. The Wat Arun is also called The temple of Dawn. Wat Arun is one of the most striking riverside landmarks of Thailand. A Buddihst man there had told me that after the fall of Ayuthaya, King Taksin ceremoniously clinched control here on the site of a local shrine and established a royal palace and a temple to house the Emerald Buddha. The temple was renamed after the Indian god of dawn (Aruna) and in honour of the literal and symbolic founding of a new Ayuthaya.

Day 5: Today I flew to Jerusalem to Learn more about Judaism. Judaism is one of the oldest monotheistic religions and was founded over 3500 years ago in the Middle East. In Jerusalem i visited the church of the holy sepulchre. An elderly womany explanned to me that this church was originally built by the mother of Emperor Constantine in 330 A.D., and that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher serves as a memorial to the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ’s burial.

Day 6: Today In Jerusalem I visited the Tomb of the Virgin Mary to learn more about christianity. Christianity is a monotheistic religion that believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior who died on the cross to save everyones sins. They believe that Jesus's birth was an immaculate conception and that God placed Jesus into Mary's womb. This is why she is called the virgin Mary. The New Testament in the Bible says nothing about the death and burial of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, but a strong Christian tradition places her tomb in a dimly-lit church at the foot of the Mount of Olives.

Day 7: Today in jerusalem I went to the Al Aqsa Mosque to learn more about Islam. Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion followers. It is a monotheistic faith based on revelations received by the Prophet Muhammad. The Al-Aqsa Mosque is the most important mosque in Jerusalem. Located on the Haram esh-Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary) or Temple Mount, it is the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina. A man there told me it is the central focus of the Muslim community in Jerusalem, hosting daily prayers and accommodating large crowds for Friday sermons.

Credits:

Created with images by jafsegal - "Kathmandu, Nepal" • lavenderstreak - "Pashupatinath - sadhu" • edwin.11 - "Wat Phra Kaew" • Kumaravel - "Happy World Photography Day" • Chadica - "View of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre" • Glyn Lowe Photoworks. - "Monastery of Jeronimos - Mosteiro dos Jerónimos" • boubakar - "quds mosque mosque of omar"

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