|Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim (Goa)|
|Se Caterina Cathedral, Old Goa (Goa)|
|Sacred Heart Cathedral, Pondicherry (Tamil Nadu)|
|Inside Church at Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)|
|Lourdes Church, Trichy (Tamil Nadu)|
While we have a basic general knowledge about the first 3 religions, it’s Catholicism that we probably should and do know more about, according to our families at least. And so it started. I inadvertently say, ‘Jesus’, (but not in a nice way). I catch myself, and clarify for the offspring (OS) present that, ‘Jesus is a grown-up word, please don’t say it unless you are in church or speaking about Baby Jesus.’ OS: ‘Mommy, who is Baby Jesus?’ ‘That’s Him on the cross.’ OS: ‘Why is He on the cross?’ I think the term of what has just occurred is known in the ‘parents’ circles’ as ‘unschooling’: learning unconventionally, in our case through experiences gained as a result of our travels. We’ve covered the ‘Stations of the Cross’ as well as Death, Heaven, Hell, Angels, God (versus the many Hindu gods) the true meaning of Christmas and Easter and even the subject of reincarnation. The discussions reignite with every church and (to a lesser degrees) temple we go into, but sometimes just randomly through our day too especially if we have ‘down-time’ like while walking, riding on a scooter or sitting on a bus/train/tuk tuk.
|Inside Santa Cruz Basilica, Fort Cochin (Kerala)|
|Shrine on street corner, Fort Cochin (Kerala)|
I am happy to report that I have remembered a surprisingly amount of theology from many years of religious education that I am passing on to my children. I had never envisioned that I would ever be doing this, given that I haven’t been ‘practicing’ for years. If we hadn’t gone one this trip, I’m not convinced that these conversations would have occurred anyway. In Australia, we just wouldn’t be visiting so many churches and religion in general isn’t as ‘present’ day to day in ‘western’ society. Not sure where this road will lead but if it continues, we may have to seek ‘professionals’ when we get home to better answer their questions!
|At Nha Trang, Vietnam|
|Buddhist Monks, Kampot (Cambodia)|
|Catholic Church, Vigan (Philippines)|
|Hindu Festival, Colombo (Sri Lanka)|
|Biggest Temple in India, Sri Ranganathaswamy (Trichy)|
|Hindu tradition in Tamil Nadu & Karnataka to bring good fortune and wealth|