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Jakarta Post

All welcome to the Island of the Gods

  • Trisha Sertori


Jakarta   /   Thu, April 29 2010   /  08:41 am

In the 14th century a motley crew of English gathered together on a walking pilgrimage to Canterbury.Spiritual tourism: Two people walk the chakras at what is through to be the largest yoga center in Southeast Asia. Markandeya Yoga City in Bedugul allows for more than 1,000 yoga practitioners per session. The scribe, Geoffrey Chaucer, opens a lead light window on the diversity of people seeking salvation or spiritual enlightenment by pilgrimage; he paints the bawdy Wife of Bath and her five husbands, The Prioress and her religious bigotry, the Lawyer, The Parson and more. All are welcome on this journey, both the deeply devout and those hoping to ascend to heavens lower rungs.Jump ahead six centuries and airplanes, trains and buses carry more than 1.6 million souls to Mecca each year; another 5 million journey to Lourdes in France and more than 4 million to the Vatican museums, the ...