Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Amid Nepal’s shattered shrines and temples, a religious fatalism sets in

From Christian Century-

When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake roared through this Himalayan nation on April 25, leaving an estimated 5,500 dead and more than 11,000 injured, shrines and temples crashed to the ground, many of them centuries old and irreplaceable cultural treasures.

According to the United Nations, 600,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged, and 2 million Nepalese will need tents, water, food, and medicine. Many here say they will also need God, regardless of what happened to the temples, shrines, and churches.

“This is going to further strengthen people’s faith in God, and they will be trusting the Almighty for bringing things back in order,” said Ankit Adhikari, a Kathmandu-based singer.

The fifth-century Pashupatinath Temple, situated on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, is one of the most sacred Hindu temples of Nepal. The temple, which is a UNESCO cultural heritage site and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, has been a scene of mass cremations since the earthquake.

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