Archive for the ‘Theology’ Category

A Dakhma in Persian, a Cheel Ghar in Hindi and in English it is known as Tower of Silence. They are circular raised structures that are used to expose the dead, for the scavenging birds it makes the dead easy pickings. It sounds strange to many but in Zoroastrian tradition a dead body is considered to be unclean.

The corpse demon, Avestan, are thought to rush in to the body and contaminate everything it comes into contact with. There are therefore strict rules for the disposal of the dead to ensure the safety of the living.

In Greater Iran the structures were used until 1970’s when they were shut down by law. Located at Diu, India one of them as been listed as a ‘monument of national importance’. It is one of the 17 in Daman and Diu, the Parsi cemetery may well be one of those persevered for a tradition that is dying out.

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BombayTempleOfSilenceEngraving” by Cornelius Brown – Engraving from 1886 book “True Stories of the Reign of Queen Victoria” by Cornelius Brown. Scanned from original copy by Infrogmation (talk).. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

An 18 acre site of land in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA that had a theme park based around passages from the bible. In 1984 the theme park closed down and there is now a project, ongoing, to restore it. It was a concept of John Baptist Greco, of Waterbury, who wanted an attraction that would replicate the Bethlehem and Jerusalem of the biblical era. It was to be a place of peace for any colour, race or creed. During its peak in the 1960’s to 70’s it had upwards of 40,000 visitors on an annual basis, it was sadly left unfinished when Greco died in 1986. It has since fell into a state of disrepair.

It is featured on the website Roadside America along with warnings about exploring it, especially if you are not up to date with your tetanus shots.

July 201 saw another dark spot in the area’s history when the rape and murder of a 16 year old female brought a renewed media interest to it. In 2013 the land was brought with a plan to be renovated, and 22nd December 2013 the new cross was lit up on the site.

 

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HolyLand“. Via Wikipedia.

It is a site 12km north of the city of Šiauliai in Lithuania, it is a site of pilgrimage and the exact time at which the practise of leaving crosses began is unknown. The practise most likely came from around the two uprisings of the Polish and Lithuanian people against the Russian authorities. The Russian Empire took control in 1795, two uprisings from 1831 and 1863 left many perished rebels with their bodies unclaimed and never returned to their family. The crosses are symbols of the fallen and represent the endurance of the Lithuanian Catholocism.

During 1944 – 1990 people continued to travel up the hill, displaying an allegiance to their original identity. It was a venue of resistance and the occupied Soviet Union tried to remove crosses and even bulldozed it three times.

7th September 1993, Pope John Paul II visited, he declared it a place for hope, peace, love and sacrifice. As the hill remains under nobody’s jurisdiction people remain free to build crosses as they see fit.

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Kryžių kalnas (Góra Krzyży)” by Pudelek (Marcin Szala) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Lucedio Abbey, located near Trino, north-west Italy was founded in 1124, and one of the earliest Cistercian monasteries in Italy. The abbey was secularised in 1784, and today the abbey buildings are part of a nice farm. There is restoration work being undertaken according to wikipedia so that could be promising for aspiring future visitors.

It is said to be cursed by the monks that once resided there. In 1684 many young girls were said to have been visited by the devil in their dreams, he sent them to the abbey and they corrupted the monks into satanism. A history of torture and abuse became so notorious that it reached Pope Pio VI in Rome and the abbey was closed.

It is said that in one room of the abbey a pillar gets wet, some believe it is crying due to the horrific experiences of the past. It could just be a leak… just saying.

An evil presence is said to be buried under the crypt, guardians there had to sit around in a circle. The abbots that died were buried in a circle around it and they naturally appeared to have mummified around that way.

Italian Language Link from Wikipedia

 

Lucedio Abbey” by Original uploader was Georgius LXXXIX at it.wikipedia – Originally from it.wikipedia; description page is/was here.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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The 18 (or 16 depending on your source) year old’s female skeleton lies in the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal cave, two of her vertebrae are crushed. She was discovered in 1989 it’s an hours ride from San Ignacio, Beluze, and another hours walk through shallow rivers and jungle.

A series of skeleton’s are in the cave of the Mayan people ages from a year up to an adult. They are victims of ritual suicide and all tell different tales. Almost all have been killed via trauma to the head and the more famous is further into the cave, the Crystal Maiden.

Researchers think she may have died violently and been tossed into the cave, she has been there for around 1,100 years. She’s been there so long her bones have calcified leaving a sparkling and slightly plump look to them.

It is known as one of the few listed and protected places in the area. There are tours there and it is advised you need to be careful when you go, damage has occurred in the past and they are trying hard to preserve the area and the maiden inside.