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Posts tagged “Apotropaic

Inaugurating Change


Whenever a new venture is about to start in Kerala, be it grand or relatively modest, an inauguration ceremony launches the project.
Whatever the religious beliefs – or lack of belief – of those involved, fruits and flowers are proffered, and an oil lamp is lit:
a remnant, perhaps, of the persistent power of apotropaic prayer.

It is a custom which unites Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jains and even the Marxist Communists of this state.

Picture taken at the¬†inauguration of a new ayurvedic centre at Tom’s Old Mansion in Fort Cochin, Kerala

Away Days: Apotropaic Prayer


“And the darkness comprehended it not..”


(This chant sounds musically far more Orthodox than Catholic to me…)

Picture taken in Milan Cathedral