Here is a good long photo tour that shows whatever their origin theory and wherever they are, people believe in a greater power, a force beyond. Click to enlarge any of these, and please enjoy them:
We begin in Bhutan, at a ceremony in the watchtower of the Tongsa Dzong, Tongsa.
This is the elaborate interior of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.
Prayer flags fly above prayer wheels at Changu (Tsomgo) Lake, Sikkim, India.
These are worshippers at Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox church, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Elders venerated (we guess) at Ahu Tongariki, Easter Island (Rapa Nui).
Whirling Dervish ‘Sema’ performance at the Seljuk caravanserai at Sarihan, Turkey.
This is a Buddhist temple in the Cholon district of Saigon, Vietnam.
A service in St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral, Kyiv, Ukraine in March, 2013.
Monks at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.
Catedral de la Virgen María de la Concepción Inmaculada de La Habana, Havana, Cuba.
Prayer wheel in Buddhist monastery, or datsun, in Ivolginsk, Buryatian Autonomous Republic, Siberia, Russia.
14th century Trinity Church (Tsminda Sameba) near Mt. Kazbek, Caucasus mountains, Republic of Georgia.
Shwemawdaw pagoda, Bago, Burma.
The Fearsome Hallgrim’s Church, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Wat That Luang, Vientaine, Laos.
Yak butter lamps, Jokhang Temple, Lhasa, Tibet.
Interior of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, Oman.
Orthodox Jewish men at the Western Wall at night, Jerusalem, Israel.
Pope John Paul II in the Popemobile, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Orthodox Church at the Russian settlement of Barentsburg, Svalbard.
Men at mosque, old city, Fez, Morocco.
The ceiling at St. Nicholas church, Prague, Czech Republic.
Khor Virap Monastery, Armenia and Mt. Ararat, Turkey.
There are more photos in the Worship section of EarthPhotos.com. And see all the other fifty weeks of Friday Photos.
A good weekend to all!