Saturday, June 02, 2007

Sacred Space

I do enjoy visiting Anglican churches. Not that I am Anglican myself, but I do appreciate the art and architecture.

One certainly feels different visiting a church as opposed to visiting a museum. One feels that, despite being a tourist, one must behave with a degree of reverance.

I do feel strange keeping my shoes on in a building that is considered sacred; defiling it with my shoes that may have been anywhere. And I am a western Christian who is used to wearing shoes in churches. It must be very weird for a person from an Hindu, Muslim or Buddhist background to visit a Christian church where shoes stay on.

To me it seemed far more appropriate and reverant in Japan where shoes were removed on entering churches.

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