Tuesday, September 7, 2010

worshipful movements of humans through space, part 3: a new religion

Photo: Sky-pointing Grackle

Prayer – like speech – spills forth from humans instinctually, so a society without worship, like a society without language, is difficult to even imagine. Imagine, nevertheless, you are an explorer who discovers a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. And on this remote island live a religionless people. As implausible as it sounds, when you ask them about churches or idols or bibles or sacred rituals, the natives give you blank stares. Now imagine introducing into their culture a new ritual, a ceremony of bodily pointing, a turning of the face toward some image or some object, some worshipful choreography. Would you call it a religion?