Category Archives: Religion

Video Blog: Sounds of Skopje

It was evening when I arrived at Skopje and by the time I had made my way from the hostel to the city center, it had gotten dark. First time in Macedonia and I didn’t really know what to expect. But I definitely … Continue reading

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Is this the most beautiful cemetery in the world?

Macedonia is full of cemeteries. Or maybe I just got this impression because every larger town has more than one resting place for its ancestors, always at least a Christian, a Muslim and a Jewish one. The latter hardly have any … Continue reading

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Where George W. Bush is still popular

I have never seen a “George W. Bush Boulevard” or “George W. Bush Square” anywhere in the world. For some reason, he is not very popular anymore. I am not even sure if there is any “George W. Bush Street” in … Continue reading

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We didn’t have money for a real church

After a very steep climb on my hike from Prilep to Treskavec Monastery in Macedonia, I was greeted by this model of a church in the middle of a field which will never be harvested due to its inaccessibility and altitude. I thought … Continue reading

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Imam Ali and the USA

Preparing for my trip to Macedonia, I read an article about the Bektashi Sufi. I particularly liked this photo of the office which is decorated with a painting of Imam Ali, the successor of the Prophet Muhammad according to the Shia … Continue reading

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Did you notice the Irony? (15) Praying for Iraq

I wonder if religious people notice the irony of praying for help against other religious people. What is God supposed to do when he/she/it receives prayers from the Islamic fundamentalists who ask him/her/it to help conquer Iraq as well as from Christians or … Continue reading

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Don’t look at the boobs, son!

At the “March for Life”, which is more an event against abortion and contraception, in Ottawa, Canada, FEMEN activists stormed the stage in protest. As is typical for the ladies of FEMEN, they weren’t wearing very much. I have commented on the … Continue reading

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Santa Claus in May

Everywhere in the world, Saint Nicholas shows up on 6 December. Not so in Bari, a city in the south of Italy. Here, he comes in May and he stays for a whole week. 7:40 pm. Wednesday, 7 May 2014. The … Continue reading

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God is up there

I liked how the sign with the arrow supplemented the “God” message. But I don’t trust people who are up all night. (Photographed in Carlisle towards the end of Hadrian’s Wall Path.)

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For religious reasons

Parent 1: I am too lazy to get up in the morning to get my kids to school. Society: What an evil parent! Parent 2: For religious reasons, I don’t allow my kids to attend school. Society: Respect! – – … Continue reading

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