Jan 08, 2005
May 16, 2005
I really have been enjoying putting myself in entirely new situations while here... The sounds, color! (I love the custom Indian dress, Sari, for women as they are soooo colorful and the fabric is so beautiful and often the ornametation is shiny. After the worship everyone went into a large room and we all sat on the floor in front of metal dishes. People then came around with rotis and many lovely foods that they ladeled out of big buckets!!!! It's a style of eating but again I forget the term. Anywho, the food was amazing! Yogurty, curried, lentils, potatoes and pea curry, and then this very sweet rice and milk type pudding but yuck! Did not like it! Nasty texture... Anywho, it was an amazing time. It's not often back at home I am a minority. It's refreshing.
As it is close to Easter I've been talking much to the others I work with so not just the Indians but also a couple are of Greek heritage. They are Greek Orthodox and don't celebrate Easter until sometimes a month after Christians, but all in all it's fascinating. Also being in Australia I've been eating many hot cross buns which are a typical British Easter food as the cross on the top signifies the cross Jesus was cruixified on as well as eating my fair share of chocolate Easter eggs, made just for me by the Cadbury Easter bunny.... Mmmm:-)
Happy Easter Everyone!
After work I went w/ Shruti a girl I work with to a Hindu Sikh temple in Blackburn, which is on my way home on the train line. Shruti is from India and like many of the other Indians I work with is studying getting her masters (most in IT). Once we got there we put on scarves to cover our hair which both the men and women were required to do, Sikh's are a bit stricter in the Hindu religion. There was mainly much singing as people walked up a prayed and gave an offering. An old man stood in front waving a longhaired wand over their "Bible." I'll apologize now as I can't remember half the terms she told me of what was what. We sat on the floor and the men on one side, the women on another. I didn't really notice that until she pointed it out to me. It didn't feel odd or like being segregated at all. Anyways, there was some more prayer, sitting and standing and then they came around w/ what is similar to our "communion" and I'm relating this to Christian faiths as that is my point of reference. Anyways it was a wheat flour soft mixture, sweet, warm and very oily. After studying the philosophy of world religion back in college I've always been struck by how religions are essentially the same, believing the basic same ideals (now these are my generalizations so I don't care to receive any hate mail). In most religions there is a higher being, there were teachers important to each faith, it's best to be good and wrong to be evil, etc, etc. Funny how religion will cause so much fighting in the world that if they really just broke their religion down to the essentials they would find they believe in the same things it's just that the customs surrounding how each religion is different. The methods of worship are even similar in that you pray, often there is singing, chanting, meditation, an offering and a communion of some sort where you are given a holy food to eat.