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“National Geographic Sacred Journeys”: National Geographic in US recreates Pilgrimage sites at Baylor Museum
WACO, September 11, 2016: Every year, more than 330 million people around the world travel to the holy and sacred places across the globe to perform acts of devotion, express faith and belief in the Almighty, to look for answers within them or seek enlightenment or mending their souls.
An exhibition called, ‘National Geographic Sacred Journeys’ is organised at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex dated from Oct 1 to Dec 31. This exhibition is created by National Geographic Photography and people will get to learn about the pilgrimages around the world through this.
This exhibition aims to rejuvenate places and events related to religious importance so that the visitors can discover, study and understand the history, antiquity, and mindset of the spiritual travels from all around the world, mentioned baptiststandard.com.
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This is the only time the 7,000-square-foot exhibition will travel from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The exhibit has opened in the museum in 2015.
Featured sites replicated in the exhibition include the Western Wall of the Second Jewish Temple, the Dome of the Rock mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Others points of attractions include:
- The Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to which all Muslims are expected to make a pilgrimage or Hajj, once in their lives
- Tepeyac Hill and the Roman Catholic Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City
- Allahabad and Sangam at the confluence of three rivers sacred to Hindus at the Ganges River in India, site of some of the largest gatherings of humans on earth
- Bodh Gaya, the birthplace of Buddhism, and the Bodh Tree, where Gautama Buddha was believed to have achieved enlightenment in Bihar, India
- Caves in the bluffs along the Dead Sea in Qumran, Israel, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered
Among the relics featured in the exhibition are fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, a large stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the trunk Brigham Young carried from New York to Utah, a piece of the Kiswa, throne built for the Dalai Lama’s U.S. visit in 2010, a replica of the Shroud of Turin, and a statue of Ganesha, the Hindu God of good fortune.
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According to the baptiststandard.com report, the personal stories of people who have participated in the sacred journeys are portrayed through the exhibit’s storyline, with vestige cases and text panels referencing those accounts.
“Children and families will have the opportunity to learn about pilgrimages, festivals and important objects connected to a variety of sacred sites in the world,” said Charles Walter, director of Mayborn Museum Complex.
“We are happy to bring this important exhibition to Central Texas and provide the tremendous opportunity for our visitors to engage with these truly unique artifacts and beautiful landscapes provided by National Geographic.” he further added.
In creating this exhibition, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis worked closely with local religious leaders and a panel of academic experts in the humanities, theology, philosophy, world cultures and religious studies. The advisers shaped exhibit content to ensure the most authentic artifacts, texts, and other exhibit elements were selected and portrayed in an appropriate manner so visitors with diverse perspectives can understand them.
The most authentic artifacts, texts, and other exhibit elements were selected and portrayed in such a manner so that people with diverse perspectives and from different countries can understand them.
“Many Americans associate the idea of pilgrimage with the Middle Ages, but in fact, it is a huge reality in the present world, something that affects literally billions of people,” said Philip Jenkins, professor of history at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion to baptiststandard.com.
“Pilgrimage also provides a wonderful way of understanding religious impulses as they are expressed in different world faiths. So, we are dealing with something richly educational, something that provides a unique way of understanding different religious traditions, but it’s also breathtaking in terms of the beautiful places and buildings that will be explored.”
The exhibition is produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and made possible by a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. The presentation is by Nat Geo Photography is a good initiative as people will get to know the beliefs and the history related to other religions.
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An energy meter, also known as a Watt-Hour Meter, is a device that monitors the level of electrical energy or gas consumed by users. Utilities are among the agencies that place these devices in various locations such as houses, businesses, organizations, and commercial properties to charge for the power consumed. You can always know how much is gas or electric cheaper by contacting a utility company.
Electronic Energy Meters
When compared to traditional mechanical meters, these types of measuring equipment are more accurate, have a faster processing time, and are more trustworthy. When attached to a source, it uses less power and begins measuring immediately.
Analog or digital meters are both possible. Analog meters transform energy to proportionate frequency or pulse rate, which is then combined by counters inside the device. A high-end processor directly calculates power in a digital electric meter.
Logic circuits combine the power to obtain the energy as well as for testing and certification purposes. The frequency or pulse rate is then calculated.
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Smart Energy Meters
It is a cutting-edge metering technique that entails installing intelligent meters that read, process, and relay information to clients. It monitors energy usage, changes the supply to consumers remotely, and digitally manages the maximum energy usage.
For greater performance, smart metering systems make use of modern metering infrastructure system technology. These meters limit the number of times you have to go to the place to get your monthly reading.
In these smart meters, modems are utilized to enable communication technologies like phone, wireless, fiber cable, and power line communications. Another benefit of smart metering is that it eliminates the possibility of tampering with energy meters, which could lead to unlawful power usage.
An energy meter, also known as a Watt-Hour Meter, is a device that monitors the level of electrical energy or gas consumed by users. | Wikimedia
Working of The Meter
The conventional electric meter looks like a clock and keeps track of how much electricity you consume. A series of microscopic gears inside the meter moves as your home takes electricity from the power wires. The numbers on your meter that you notice when you look at it indicate the number of revolutions.
The quantity of electricity utilized determines the speed at which the rotations occur. The velocity of moving gas in the pipeline is measured by a gas meter. As the gas flow rate increases, the dials speed up.
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How Often is Meter Read?
Unless the meter is a consumer-ready meter, the government will demand utility companies read user meters quarterly. If the consumer checks the meter, the utility is asked to read it at least once a year. Almost every month, many utilities try and read their customers' meters.
If the meter isn't read, the utility might issue an estimated charge based on the previous usage. Keep bushes and plants away from the meter and allow access to the meter reader if your meter is within your home. All utilities demand their meter readers to have an employment ID as a security measure.
Smart meters limit the number of times you have to go to the place to get your monthly reading. | Wikimedia
Responsibility of Meter
The utility provider is in charge of meter installation as well as the gas and electric lines that go up to the meter. The wires from the meter to the customer's premises are his responsibility.Please call your gas or electric utility if your meter is broken or displays evidence of tampering. Manipulation with a meter is prohibited and may result in service termination, legal punishment, or both.
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A hilarious rhyme that children often chant cheerily while jumping around, Jack and Jill is another example of the dark history covered up in light-hearted rhyme. Instead of England though, this is a rhyme that sheds light on the history of France.
Unlike other rhymes, the rhyme is part fiction and part history, since only the first two lines can be taken as an allusion to the past.
"Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water,
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after."
King Louis XIV ruled over France in the late 18th century and was called out for treason. He had failed to uphold the economy of France. His spouse Marie Antoinette was an equally powerful influence in the monarchy but could not do anything when her husband was convicted.
King Louis XIV of France Image source: wikimedia commons
The French are famous for the guillotine, and Louis XIV was beheaded on this device. This act of executing a monarch is why the rhyme has the line "Jack fell down and broke his crown". The guillotine, at this point in history, was kept outside the city, and the journey to it was long and tedious. It was ideally located on a hill, so that the entire city of Paris could witness the execution of the accused.
Louise XIV is believed to have been dressed and taken on the long journey up to the guillotine, where his hair was cut off and he had to renounce his authority. He bid farewell to his friends and was followed up the hill by a crowd holding pikes and bayonets, to prevent his escape. He was then executed as the last monarch of France.
Death by guillotine was the most terrifying way to execute a criminal Image source: wikimedia commons
A few months later, when the hue and cry of Louis XIV's death has died down a little, but the political situation of France was no better, his wife, Marie Antoinette was also executed at the guillotine for her role in the fall of France. And this event alludes to the line, "Jill came tumbling after".
The rest of the rhyme is a fictional account of a moralistic idea for children, as a way to tell them to be careful of where they engage in play. Since a large part of the rhyme seems like a story of two children who have had an accident in play, that is how the rhyme has survived and the history behind it, has been forgotten.
Keywords: Marie Antoinette, Louise XIV, Guillotine, France, Nursery Rhymes, Monarchy