Category Archives: Religion

Ancient farm and parsonage. The church at Breiðabólsstaður in south Iceland was designed by Rögnvaldur Ólafsson (1874-1917) in the Sweitzer style. He realized a total of three churches in this motif; the second is at Húsavík in the north and the third at Hjarðarholt (to be featured later) in the west. An article on Rögnvaldur’s […]

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Historic. The home of Goddess Morjai is part of the cluster of Goan Hindu temples distinguished by their kaavi (sgraffito) embellishments. Located in the beautiful eponymous village of Morjim in north Goa, this seat of worship is ancient although the main structure seen today was first rebuilt 80-100 years ago. These photographs were collected over […]

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Goa’s creator. Today is Akshaya Tritiya, the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. The Hindu puranas credit Parashurama as the creator of Goa and the adjoining coastal areas. Goa is often referred to as Parashurama–bhoomi, the Land of Parashurama. There is only one temple in Goa devoted to Parashurama located in the […]

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Good Friday today. The old church at Árnes in Trékyllisvík on the Strandir coast of Iceland is seen in a snow storm last week.     A beautiful music session erupted spontaneously when we found ourselves in the new church hall across the street. This Icelandic song – Rósin (The Rose) – was written by […]

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