When you travel around the world, you learn a lot. The awe from new and different things, situations and habits comes up naturally, often without even looking for them. Obviously, we are prone to compare a lot and the phrase “Wow, I’ve never seen this!” is as common as coconuts in Southeast Asia.
But after looking closer, we all might realize one thing: that whatever different language we speak, whenever our hometown is and whoever our ancestors are, we are all the same in our deep nature. This similarity is usually found deeply in our relation with the spiritual world.
In our next photo essay we would like to share with you the photographs of people in these intimate moments, when they are alone but still connected to someone or something that goes beyond their immediate sensory perception.
On the road, we’ve seen that people pray with the same passion, devotion, respect, humility or joy everywhere in the world. And even if religions or gods might be different from one culture to another, the prayers, chants, gospels, songs or meditative states connect men and women and dissolve our differences.
Four women praying in front of Saint Nicholas’ relics in the cathedral dedicated to him in Bari, Italy.
A young girl praying in the Armenian church in Lviv, Ukraine.
A couple bathing in the pool of Tirtha Empul Temple in Bali. The water that comes out from the holy springs is believed to purify the soul and the body.
A young woman performing the daily holy ritual in Ubud, Indonesia.
Women receiving the holy water during the Balinese Galungan ceremony in Ubud, Indonesia.
A young woman praying in front of the spirits’ altar in a Balinese house compound. Ubud, Bali.
A girl praying in Santa Cruz Church in Manila, Philippines.
Kids praying in front of a Christ’s statue in Roxas City Church, Philippines.
A man touching the statue of Christ in the Mother church of Pandan, Philippines.
A girl praying in a Buddhist temple of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Praying the golden Buddha in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A man praying on a street of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
People praying in Wat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
A man praying in Wat Umong. Chiang Mai, Thailand.
man praying in front of a Buddhist Monk in Chiang Mai, Thailand.