Thursday, August 24, 2006
Cook Islands Church
Now, as you should all know, I am an athiest. One without religion. I don't begrudge people the right to believe, in fact I would fight for that right, but it ain't for me. Saying that, I love a good church, mosque, temple, you name it. You can tell a lot about a society through their houses of worship.
The church above is one of the many covering Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. It was built with giant blocks of coral, which you can see quite clearly on the right hand side of the church. (as always clicking on the image will make it bigger) Due to the sea air in Rarotonga, it is a constant battle to paint and repaint buildings and as a result this church has suffered. I understand it is about 100 years old or so. The other interesting thing is the graves. As Rarotonga is a coral atoll, the ground it too hard to dig. As a result people are buried above ground, or in shallow pits dug out of the thin top soil. You can clearly see this on the right hand side again.
So endeth your Rarotonga lesson. I only have more sea pictures remaining which I may or may not post.
San Nakji for President!