Earth's Sacred Wonders

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Air dates: 
Tue, 2019-12-03
Sun, 2019-12-08
Price: $72.00

DVD - Earth’s Sacred Wonders

A landmark series reveals what people do for faith in some of the most stunning sacred places on earth. Many of the world’s best-known landmarks are inspired by faith, and today more worshippers than ever are flocking to these sacred places. But why do they continue to provoke such passion? For some, they are sanctuaries for quiet contemplation, for others they are sites of astonishing acts of worship, dangerous challenges and extraordinary deeds of devotion, rarely seen by outsiders.
Hundreds of years after they were first built, many of them remain places of deep spiritual significance. From Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the largest religious site in the world, to Masada in Israel, location of one of the oldest synagogues on earth, and from the Sikh’s unique Golden Temple in Amritsar to one of the world’s largest cathedrals in America. For some, these sacred places are part of the natural world, whether it is Shinto devotees at the Nachi falls in Japan or the Mescalero Apaches sacred tepees in New Mexico. This series uncovers the power and inspiration that sacred wonders offer to worshippers from different faiths across the globe.

Combo: DVD - Earth’s Sacred Wonders & 2-DVD Set - Sacred Journeys

Sacred journeys are as old as humanity, yet they're more popular today than ever before. Tens of millions go on a pilgrimage each year. In this landmark series, New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler travels with American pilgrims on six historic pilgrimages. They set out from the ordinary and seek the extraordinary. In Lourdes, France, bathe in sacred waters with wounded soldiers from around the world in a moving search for healing and reconciliation. In southern Japan, trek with Buddhist pilgrims on an 800-mile, 88-temple journey as they seek personal salvation and renewal. In Jerusalem, follow the trail of pilgrims from the three Abrahamic traditions as they ground their faith in one of the holiest cities on Earth. In Mecca, go behind closed doors of the Hajj in a rare, intimate look at pilgrims making the trip of a lifetime. In India, plunge into the Ganges during the largest human gathering on earth, the Kumbh Mela, which takes place every 12 years. And in Nigeria, dance at water's edge with African-Americans at a spectacular Yoruba festival where they reclaim their religious roots.

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