A Shrine

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This is a typical shrine in Thatta, Sind, Pakistan. Somebody, supposed to be a saint, is buried there. Many people visit this place everyday, either to pay homage or just for sight seeing. Some people, like the following’ dedicate their lives and live here and keep the place neat and clean.

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But there is lot of business and money involved here. People who come here usually donate something for the shrine OR buy something from the associated shops.

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And a typical shopkeeper:

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All this shrine thing is being done in the name of religion which is not correct. It has more to do with regional and local heritage than with the Islamic teachings. But this the way of life mostly in rural Pakistan.

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6 comments on “A Shrine
  1. beyondlisbon says:

    Well, I believe that happens in other places as well. I know it happens in Catholic countries (in shrines and big churches/cathedrals), so I suppose it would happen in other places too. It’s human nature, I guess.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Interesting. Never knew it happens in Catholic countries too. I think people need some tangible things in order to stay connected.
      Thanks for sharing the info.

  2. Vassilis says:

    In Greece we have similar things. I guess the differences are greater than the general appearances, have to do with the metaphysical beliefs and how they are expressed through objects. If you have the time go through the iconoclasm history. http://www.schmemann.org/byhim/byzantiumiconoclasm.html

  3. victoriaaphotographyictoria says:

    Fabulous photos.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Your culture and region are so colourful – love the shops & the way the goods are displayed for sale in the countryside.

    • Dr_IQ says:

      Thanks. These places are indeed very colorful and are like mini worlds. They also celebrate anniversaries of these saints and a large number of people visit in those days. Serious money is involved at the larger of these shrine complexes.

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