La gaia religione

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Apr 26 2015

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Category: Asia, India

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If it hadn’t been the cause of so much misery and death through the ages, one would think when seeing these images, that religion is a joke. Not ‘die fröhliche Wissenschaft’ here, but ‘die fröhliche Religion’.
The unlikely collection of elements brought together in the image above is a true source of gaiety.

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The same for the scene in this picture. The knock on the door – not heaven’s door – provokes the answer from inside: “Who’s there?” We can imagine the dialogue to continue like this:
“Guess who.”
“I have no idea. You tell me.”
“It’s me, Jesus, your saviour.”
“Don’t fool me! Jesus is hanging here on the cross right in front of me!”

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La gaia religione. For whom? The smiles on the faces of these handmaids of Christ are not free and easy, but shy and furtive.
Nuns, priests and sex, … a source of cheerfulness to us, but to them?

Photos of the week: Stalls in the courtyard of the exposition of the sacred remains of St. Francis Xavier, Old Goa, India 2014

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