Fascinating to me everywhere I go are the places and practices of worship. I'll detour almost anywhere to see a spectacular temple, to find a quiet mosque, visit a quirky church, or burn incense at a far-flung altar or shrine or cemetery. I don't understand at all the fervor of faith... but I revel in the reverent awe of untamed landscapes, full-throated expressions of culture and social identity, unfiltered fresh air, and naturally clean water. I'm in that growing category of folks who aren't quite atheist, somewhat animist, and a tad bit pagan - yet adamantly spiritual by experience, but a-religious in practice. And so it's often to the places and celebrations of worship & reverence - where the bulk of humanity seeks internal peace, happiness & community - that I find myself drawn to wherever I go.
Here are some snapshots of a few side-treks and some too-quickly-passed-by places of faithful expression during this visit. I include details (names, locations, etc.) where I recall or was aware, but some spots were simply surprise discoveries.
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