December 16, 2016
Hello, my name is Radeyah. I have been chosen to travel and blog about sacred religious sites. I thought it was a great idea, but then I realized what would be even cooler: if I take a ouija board with me and talk to the dead founders of the five major world religions. For those of you who don't know what a ouija board is; a ouija board is a board printed with letters, numbers, and other signs, to which a planchette or movable indicator points, supposedly in answer to questions from people at a seance. The rules are you must treat the spirits with respect, and when you are finished talking you MUST say goodbye. If you don't say goodbye the spirit could attach to you and haunt you forever. That might sound bad, but the ghost of Jesus following me around everywhere would make for a great sitcom.
What I am going to do on this journey is go to the burial places of the founders/Gods of the five major religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. I'm starting with Hinduism, and since Hinduism wasn't founded by one person or god, I've decided a good way to kick of this adventure would be to try to channel Yama, the Hindu god of death. Tomorrow I will be traveling to one of Yama's few temples with my ouija board. See ya there!
December 17, 2016
Hey guys it's Radeyah. I arrived safely at the Thanjavur district in India, where the Yama Dharmaraja Temple is located. Before I came, I read up on Hindu architecture, and discovered that they are mostly tall temples with rooms dedicated to a Hindu god. If I had visited the temple for the god Shiva, I might've witnessed something much more golden, but I went to the temple for the god of death, so obviously with wasn't as extravagant. The significance of Yama's temple is just like any other Hindu temple, they are sacred buildings visited by people with the intention to worship a god. What sets Yama's temple apart is that his is rarer, he doesn't have many temples dedicated to him :(
I did some research on Yama before I "interviewed" him, just like any good journalist would. Yama is the Hindu god of death and judgement of man. When you die, my main man Yama is gonna judge your life, basically. Yama also has a twin sister named Yami. Yama and Yami lol. I love matchy twin names they're so cute. Here's a picture of Yama:
When I got to Yama's temple, my eyes were automatically drawn to the cute little statues of him. I guess I shouldn't be calling the God of Death cute, because he literally hold a noose to catch his victims with, but he was!!!!!! Here are some pictures I took:
After I spent a little time talking to the locals, I sat down next to Yama and whipped out my ouija board. At first he said nothing, but I went back later, and he answered. The conversation happened as follows:
Me: "Hello. I am here to talk to you. This is not a joke, I respect you. Yama are you here?
Me: "Oh wow, hello Yama, God of Death. Is there anything you'd like to tell me?
Me: *trembling with fear* "OK THAT COOL GOODBYE NOW"
...I'm sorry that this conversation with Yama wasn't exactly groundbreaking, but if the god of death tells you to die, you'd probably get the Naraka out of there too. I will soon be making the short journey to Sri Lanka to visit a sacred Buddhist temple. I should be there by tomorrow, The Temple of the Tooth awaits me (Yes you read that right)! See ya there!
December 18, 2016
Hey guys, it's Radeyah. I arrived in Sri Lanka, home of rapper M.I.A., early this morning. I was still filled with adrenaline from the previous night when a god told me to die, so i didn't sleep on the plane at all and I headed straight to the Temple of the Tooth. The reason it is called the Temple of the Tooth is because the actual relic tooth of Buddha is kept at the temple. But Radeyah, you ask, if you goal is to talk to the ghost of Buddha, then why didn't you just go to Kushinagar? Well, sweet blog reader, ghost experts have said that ghosts usually hang around their bodies, and the tooth was part of Buddha's body, and also this sacred site just seemed cooler. I mean it's a temple for a tooth that's pretty rad. The architecture was fairly simple, a white building with a brown and gold roof, but it was still incredibly beautiful. I especially like the statue of my boy Buddha. Statues of the Buddha are a common thread with Buddhist temples. Here are some pics:
When I went in I didn't get a good picture of Buddha's chomper, but here's a pic I found if your interested:
The Temple of the Tooth in Sri Lanka is very significant, so much in fact that the hold a festival to honor it. The festival is called The Kandy Esala Perahera, and is celebrated with extravagant costumes and elephants too! Unfortunately, I could not witness it because it takes place in Summer, but here are some pictures of it from the internet.
Anyways, back to the important part, the ouija board. I knew whatever happened it would be better than what happened yesterday. I would have never guessed that BUDDHA WOULD NOT SHUT UP. Once I said hello he just went on and on about the four noble truths and his life and suffering and veganism and a lot more. I guess you could say he was enlightening me *ba dum tss*. Keep in mind, to talk with a ouija board you have to spell out each individual letter, so I was there all day. Our conversation ended when I asked him if be the enlightened one is like being woke and he got offended and left, but it was still a very interesting and tiring conversation. I had to keep my hands on the board the whole time, so they're aching. I think I'll go hang out with some elephants while I'm here in Sri Lanka, then I'll be heading to the West Bank to hang out with the ghost of Abraham! See ya there!
December 21, 2016
Hey guys, it's Radeyah. I've arrived at Hebron. I'm here to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs, also called The Cave of Machpelah. This sacred site is also relevant to Muslims, but it is the world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The reason I've decided to come here is because this is where the founder of Judaism, Abraham, is buried. I'm very interested in what he has to say. Before I whipped out my ouija and talked with him though, I wanted to see the sites. The Jewish architecture gave me a very ancient vibe, probably because it's ancient lol. Here are some pictures of the outside of the Cave of Patriarchs I took:
Tomorrow I'll go inside and try to talk to Abraham. See ya there!
December 22, 2016
I AM SO ANGRY!!!!!! Oh, hey guys it's Radeyah. I tried to ouija Abraham today, but before i could ask him how he felt about the 16th president of the United States I was kicked out!!!!!! I didn't realize there were security cameras!!!!! The security found me with the ouija board and said I was being "disrespectful" and "needed to leave immediately". I guess this is the price I pay for my hard hitting journalism.
Soon I will be heading to another tomb, The Garden Tomb. Hopefully there isn't as much security, and I can ask Jesus some tips on walking on water. See ya there!
December 24, 2016
Hey guys, it's Radeyah. I'm in Jerusalem. Before I went to the Garden Tomb, i stopped by the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Honestly, the pretty churches almost make me want to convert to Christianity (almost lol). The architecture is also so lovely, with stained glass windows and high ceilings, they're just so pretty. But this church was different. It had a more ancient feel, because it's located in Jerusalem. The inside was lovely though. Here are some pics:
This church was made to honor the burial site of Jesus, which is where I'm headed tomorrow. See ya there!
December 25, 2016
Hey guys, it's Radeyah. I went to the Garden Tomb today, which was Jesus' tomb before he was resurrected, which was really h*ckin important to Christians. It was really pretty. Here are pictures:
After i was done admiring the beauty of the tomb, I whipped out my ouija in hopes to talk to the deceased (er...the resurrected?). When I finally got a hold of him, this is how our conversation went:
Me: "Hello. My purpose is not to make fun of you. Jesus, are you here?"
My homie Jesus: "Yes"
Me: "Happy birthday man."
Me: "So, Jesus, what does the H in Jesus H. Christ stand for?"
Me: "Dang bro that's dope. How do you walk on water man I gotta know I hate swimming."
Jesus Homie Christ: "S-E-C-R-E-T"
Me: "Wow ok. So anyway, in my country there has been some controversy about how your religion views gay people, but I've heard rumors that you're gay yourself, is that true?"
Jesus: "I L-O-V-E E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E"
Me: "Wow my Christian friends said you did, now I know they were right. Well, I let you enjoy the rest of your birthday. Goodbye."
So...that was my conversation with Jesus. Seems like a cool guy. But I'm REALLY excited for the next cool guy: THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD!!!!!!! That's my homeboy. I'm going to his mosque. See ya there!
December 27, 2016
Hey guys, It's Radeyah. Alright, so I was going to go to Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, but I felt like I needed to redeem my Muslimness, so I smacked on a hijab and made a pilgrimage to Mecca! One out of the five pillars ain't so bad right? I went to the largest Mosque in the world, Masjid al Haram. It was awesome. The architecture was the most beautiful I've seen out of all the religion, and that's not even from a biased viewpoint (okay maybe a lil). The mosque felt the most modern out of all the sites I've seen, which makes sense because Islam is the most modern religion out of the top five. It felt very lively and like it was glowing, Millions of people go to the Grand mosque every year to get a gold star next to one of their five pillars. Here are some pictures:
Tomorrow I will be going to Medina to check out homeboy's mosque and hopefully talk to him. See ya there!
December 28, 2016
Today I went to Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, aka The Mosque of the Prophet. This place isn't just any other mosque, it's where Muhammad was buried. It was beautiful, just like me in a hijab. Here are some pictures that showcase lovely Islamic architecture: