Category Archives: Religion

First dusting of the season. The site of Úlfljótsvatnskirkja dates back to the settlement era, the current structure was built in 1914. The provenance is explained below by Börkur Hrólfsson (“Emperor of Northern Lights”): Úlfur is wolf and ljótur is today ugly, but in the old days it meant facial expressions. So the first lawspeaker […]

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Send-off Goan style. While wandering in Dhargalim, Goa, one late evening in September, I happened upon the home of Santosh Khanolkar on the edge of a paddy field. It was the final day of the extended Ganesh Chaturthi festival and the family was preparing its traditional visarjan (final rites before immersion of the idol). They […]

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Abode of Vishnu. The historic temple of Anant in the village of Savoi-Verem, Goa, is ensconced in a luscious bed of green. A schist plaque of the reclining Vishnu – Anantshayana – dating back to the 11th Century during the Kadamba period is the central object of worship in the garbhagriha. The temple is surrounded […]

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