Why do we need faith?
It is hard to believe that two people may be more different than a Muslim who makes his ritual purification in a lake in Mali and a Buddhist Yamabushi praying under a waterfall in Japan. However, both of their lives rotate, without discussion, around the same axes: a superior force, and supernatural. God. Faith is global. It exists, like languages, in all cultures. And scientists seek to unravel both the principles of universal grammar and religion.
Rituals of purification
|Muslim who makes his purification ritual in a lake in Mali||Buddhist Yamabushi praying under a waterfall in Japan|
In Aladdin’s mosque in the Turkish city of Konya the sufism devotees apply the method of falling into an ecstatic trance strictly following a set choreography well established. Male travelers and dancers are most unusual representatives of this mystical movement, which developed in the eighth century from Islamic roots and survives until today in orders and brotherhoods organized partly at an international level.
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