In search of Nepal’s Living Goddess – the Kumari

Monday, January 21st, 2013
The Kumari house in Kathmandu Durbar square

The Kumaris of Nepal: virgin girls that are living goddesses This is my story in searching, understanding and uncovering the Kumari of Nepal. To understand it a little better I suggest one should know who or what the living goddess known as the Kumari is. The Kumari is a premenstrual girl selected by a Newari council to be… Continue reading more »

Islam’s mean face in The Philippines

Monday, December 20th, 2010
The Qur

Islam in The Philippines is slightly different to Islam elsewhere … same as any other religion really … Islam makes world headlines every other day with many a negative headline. Then again so does the Catholic church. One headlines with terrorism, the other with child abuse. And, in both cases its the minority that’s giving… Continue reading more »

Finding Buddha in Davao, the Lon Wa Temple or Hua Temple

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
The Shaolin Temple in Davao City, The Philippines

One called this place the Long Hua temple another called it the Lon Wa temple. It’s not that hard to write a guide book based on facts, but still they fail. The name outside is the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple. The taxi and jeepney guys just call it the Chinese temple. This is what got me… Continue reading more »

Dealing with the religious divide when traveling overseas

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
Mosque in Brooke

Dealing with Religion when traveling As I have traveled & lived through countries with the  main religions throughout the world I’ve notice little written about the two subjects. Travel & religion. Is there a need? Or is it one of those subjects that people really don’t like to ask, nor talk about? It is after all one… Continue reading more »

A conversation about Islam

Saturday, November 17th, 2007
Prayer time (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: On my last night in Esfahan I decided to go back to Imam square, it is beautiful at night. There I was approached my two young men I’d actually met before. I was soon back to my old travel ways again. I settled in for the evening my one of the stone… Continue reading more »