MIZORAM, SOLOMON’S TEMPLE

Back to Mizoram again in this post, with still so many photos to show after my December / January trip.

There are church buildings all over the place in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, a state in North East India (which is 87% Christian),  and very large impressive  buildings they are too, but Solomon’s Temple is considered a ‘must see’ for tourists. It’s a huge building with a seating capacity of 3000 inside, and a lot more could be seated in the porch or canopied area all around the exterior of the building.

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The architect and leader of the Church Dr LB Sailo, claims that God showed him the design in a dream, so he set about attempting to get this church constructed.  It took more than 20 years to build, and it was built largely on voluntary labour. I found that the name of the religion was hard to grasp, as I was given different answers when I enquired about it.  ‘A cult’,  ‘Born again Christian’  ‘Kohhran Thianghlim’ (meaning Holy Church) were some answers. Whatever, it is, it is the largest Church building in Aizawl.  I don’t know how full it might be on a Sunday.  It’s open to tourists with a caretaker there to show you around.

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The walls of the building are covered in white busleara marble, and the floor is of red sandstone. The winter afternoon sun gives the walls a warm tint in some of these photos.

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Mizo Church goers do seem to enjoy their singing and this is generally accompanied by enthusiastic drumming.

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The building inside is just one open space. The ceiling is highly polished which enables the light from the windows to be reflected, giving extra light in the building.

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Notice the Star of David, generously applied as ornamentation around the building. They named this building after the original Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem, (currently the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque) and see it as some kind of replacement for the First Temple.

Just for a little balance, I have included a few photos of other church buildings I happened to see as I walked around. I haven’t got the names of all of them

I would just like to say that I am not at all religious and have no religious beliefs whatsoever. I’m just an observer.

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Chaltlang Presbyterian Church, above and below (with Christmas lights).

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A Christmas tree street decoration below, outside a church building.

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Thanks for visiting my post. I might return again to Mizoram in another post.

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ANOTHER WEEK

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It’s more than two weeks into Covid-19 partial shutdown, now growing into a more major shutdown. Numbers affected by the virus in ireland are growing, approximately 1500+ to date.

The only notable event for me this past week was my birthday on Tuesday. It was an unusual birthday, in a number of ways. A walk with friends (maintaining recommended physical distance of course), and a bring your own picnic was planned, but bad weather postponed the walk until today (Thursday).

It was like the first day of summer today, warm enough to sit out in a t shirt, but considerably cooler on the Feothanach cliffs, not very far from my home on the Dingle Peninsula, in the South West of Ireland, which was the chosen place for our walk.

So here are the photos from this walk on this very unusual time of social isolation / physical distancing.

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Above and below are the Three Sisters, and Sybil Head.

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Mount Brandon, with a little covering of cloud, above and below.

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See the caves in the rocks above.

 

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Trying to maintain recommended physical distance.

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Feothanach Beach above and below

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It’s a stunning area, a lovely walk, a really enjoyable picnic and chat on the rocks, a great day and a really good thing to do for one’s birthday.  We’re looking forward to a proper celebration when things return to normal. But you know – it would be hard to beat the above! 

STAY WELL

SUNSET ON MY DOORSTEP

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Only last night I was beach walking at sunset (see this mornings post) and it was only an ok sunset, but tonight when I was in my home it took me by surprise. I was not about to ignore it –  even though I have so, so many captures of sunsets from this spot.

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MURIOCH SUNSET

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Another evening walk on Murioch Beach. The sky was somewhat featureless, no clouds, and the tide was a bit far out. I didn’t expect to get anything better or even as good as previously. I have shown photos from an evening walk here in previous posts, like this:

https://helenebrennan.wordpress.com/2019/08/19/evening-beach-walk/

But as the sun dropped low and the colour changed I got a few images that I thought were worth capturing.

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For those Star Wars fans out there, the rocky ridged hill on the right of the picture above is Sybil Head, (Ceann Sibéal), on which the Star Wars set was located for the entire summer of 2016, during the making of The Last Jedi. Some filming was also shot on Malin Head in Donegal that same year (up north), and one or two other locations. But Star Wars was not new to Kerry that year. The Force Awakens was filmed on Skellig Michael the previous summer, in South Kerry.

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HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY

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This will be a quiet St. Patricks Day. But we still have the beaches and the hills to enjoy, (weather permitting), but even sitting in one’s car looking out at the waves and perhaps the occasional rainbow can be a soothing, mindful experience. It will definitely be a different St. Patricks day for all of us, in many countries of the world; no parades, no parties, no going to the pub, no big social gatherings… many of us practising social isolation, for fear of catching or spreading Covid-19..

Below is a photo I took one December, of Croagh Patrick, in County Mayo, locally called The Reek. Named after St. Patrick, where he fasted for 40 days, it’s now a mountain of pilgrimage – hundreds of people climbing it in bare feet every year.  The mountain in the shot above is Mount Brandon, our local big mountain, the highest on the Dingle Peninsula, here in County Kerry in the South West of Ireland.

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It is believed that St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, in the 5th century AD, although there appears to be some evidence now that it was here before Patrick’s time.  But still St. Patrick is celebrated by Irish people every year in many countries of the world. All so different this year.  But I wish you all good health and happiness on this St. Patrick’s Day 2020.

 

STILL STORMY 2

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These photos were taken shortly before those in my previous post STILL STORMY. It was very windy. I was at Ballinrannig, Ballyferriter, on the Dingle Peninsula, South West Ireland. All these photos were taken from close to the small car park, viewing all around from there.

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HIGH TIDE AT BÉAL BÁN

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I knew there was an extra high tide in as I went to the beach, so there was no possibility of a beach walk, but I hoped for something interesting to capture as the waves would be crashing in to the coast. This was Béal Bán (White Mouth) Ballyferriter, near Dingle, in the South West of Ireland.

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The ship beyond is an Irish Navy vessel. They patrol the coast to watch out for illegal foreign fishing boats.

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