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Questions relating to religious culture, customs, etc. Prefer more specific tags where appropriate, perhaps: [islam], [ramadan], [sharia-law], [shinto]

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What is this building and where is it? Europe in 1944-45 by a U.S. Army Air Force soldier. France, Germany, Belgium, or Netherlands?

What is this building and where is it? Taken in Europe in 1944-45 by a U.S. Army Air Force soldier 9th Air Force, 397th Bombardier Group, 599th Bomb Squadron. Could be in France north of Paris, ...
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Jewish person visiting American friend in Qatar

I'm an American Jew, and my American college roommate is an expat who has been living in Qatar for the last few years. He is Catholic. I told him I want to visit him but he has repeatedly warned me ...
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How much to donate at Hindu temples in India?

At many Indian temples, on entering the inner sanctum, devotees and foreign tourists alike are often met by a priest who will apply a tilaka (dab of paste) to your forehead and perhaps "gift" you a ...
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How would Japanese people react to someone refusing to say “itadakimasu” for religious reasons?

So, it’s my understanding that in Japan it’s considered to be polite to say “itadakimasu” before eating. From what I’ve read, it seems that the meaning of this phrase derives from Buddhist and Shinto ...
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How to get to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Easter?

I am an Orthodox Christian, and one of my dreams is to visit Jerusalem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for an Easter, and see the holy fire. Finding a flight and hotel is easy, but what do I ...
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Will I be able to order meat in Crete restaurants on Good Friday?

In 2011 I was in Yorkshire during Easter, and on Good Friday the only food I could get in restaurants and pubs was fish and veggies, no meat, because of the fasting prescribed by religion. Next week ...
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What are the actual rules for legally visiting Stull Cemetery?

The historic cemetery in Stull, Kansas is infamous for alleged connections with the occult - so much, in fact, that it's alleged to be very difficult to visit legally nowadays. Wikipedia observes that ...
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How can a Pakistani visit Israel (particularly one who is a Christian)?

With a Pakistani passport, a person can travel to any country in the world without any problem, except for Israel. When it comes to travel to Israel, one can only think about it, as there are no ...
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Can anyone identify this church?

This is a picture of a church in northern Germany. It was taken in northern Germany enroute from Kaiserslautern to Denmark. Can anyone tell me where it is and what denomination it is? I was told by ...
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Is it appropriate to enter a church while a chorus is performing?

On Sunday, I was walking in Zürich and came across St. Jakob Church. When I approached the door, I saw that a chorus was performing. Since there was nobody around except the people seated in the ...
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Traveling to London as a nominal Muslim [closed]

I am a 19-year-old boy and I want to travel alone to Great Britain, primarily London, as a tourist, also a future immigrant. Since I was born and raised in Iran and born to Muslim parents, I'm known ...
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What is the purpose of the "religion" field on the Vietnam EVisa application?

I'm filling out my EVisa application for a short trip to Vietnam and was surprised to encounter this question, and all the more so that it's required. Why am I being asked this, and does my response ...
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Is kirpan allowed in Singapore MRT?

After going through this, I have found that, Kirpan is allowed to be carried in public if it meets the following security criteria: 1) The blade should not be more than 6 inches 2) The ...
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Where can I find Taizé groups in Barcelona?

I'm staying in Barcelona for a few days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in my Parrish. I know the prayer is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray ...
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Are there any Taizé worship services in Bergen?

I'm now in Bergen for a few days, and I was wondering if there is a Taizé workship similar to the one I usually go where I live (Rome, see its Facebook Page) Are there any Taizé services in Bergen? ...
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Are there any laws in Italy about head coverings I should be aware of?

I'm visiting Rome in September with my wife who wears a head scarf. Are there any rules or customs we should be aware of?
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Are there any Taizé worship services in Helsinki?

I'm going to Helsinki for 4 days. Where I live, I go to a Taizé worship service. Are there any Taizé services in Helsinki? If so, how could I make contact and join the prayer service?
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Staying in Japan in a Zen temple for a few months for a foreigner

Are there Zen temples in Japan that allow staying there for a few months for meditation for foreigners? How much does that cost? Are there free ones? How about visa?
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Is it legal to receive services from shamans in Korea?

Is it legal in South Korea to receive services from shamans? This article says that shamanism is technically illegal, though it doesn't say whether it's the provision or receiving of those services, ...
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Routes on which easyjet carries Kosher food

I have been on easyJet flights from London Luton to Tel Aviv where Kosher food was available to purchase, this is not advertised on the menu or as far as I could tell online. Which routes does easyJet ...
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Kosher food on British Airways Buy on Board

British Airways no longer serves a complimentary meal in economy on short haul services, replacing it with a buy on board service. When it was complimentary it was possible to order a kosher meal in ...
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Jewish prayer services in Heathrow Airport

Many airports have either a multi-faith prayer room (Luton, Zurich) or separate rooms for several different faiths (JFK). Does Heathrow have either of these, and do they have set times for Jewish ...
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Kosher Food in Heathrow airport

I have a 4.5 hr connection in Heathrow Terminal 5 (US Passport holder) and would like to know if there is kosher food available for sale in the airport, i would go to a diffrent terminal if thats ...
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Travelling to Izmir, Turkey, as a Sikh

As a Sikh who wears a turban as a part of my religion, should I have safety concerns or take precautions in order to travel to Turkey? Are there other things I need to think about while being there, ...
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Is it OK for an openly Muslim person to travel to the United States post-2017?

My friend and I are planning our first overseas trip together and we're trying to decide on where to go. We're from Malaysia and my friend is a Muslim who wears a hijab. We're considering going to the ...
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Can a mixed-Muslim unmarried couple share hotel rooms in Indonesia?

I am a muslima with Moroccan passport, and my boyfriend is European. Do you think that we might have problems sharing a room in Indonesia? We do not plan on going to Aceh. We will mostly go to ...
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Which nations have specific laws that allow/ disallow ENTRY of shamanic ritual plants/ herbs such as Ayahuasca? [closed]

Travelling to Latin America to take hallucinogenic drugs: how does one do it safely? This is a related question, but objective here is different. I have a few friends from Latin & Eastern ...
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How can Ramadan affect my travel across Iran?

I am planning to maybe go to Iran in June 2017, either for hiking (even if I’d need some information) or cycling. If I’m not mistaken, Ramadan will be from 27th May to 27th June. As a non-Muslim, I ...
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When is the "comfort women" statue in Ashfield Uniting Church accessible?

When is the "comfort women" statue in Ashfield Uniting Church in Sydney accessible to the public? In particular, is it publicly accessible on weekday evenings? A news article about the statue says ...
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Will I encounter any problems as a recognizable Jew in India?

I may have to travel to Bangalore, India for work at some point in the future. While there I may be traveling in other parts of India as well. In the past I have only traveled internationaly in places ...
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Small Diwali gifts, from an overseas visitor in India during the festive period?

In part due to not properly checking ahead, I've just discovered that it's Diwali this weekend. I'm currently in India on a work trip, visiting a number of people in an office here. Based on ...
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What does "K+M+B 2016" mean in when written on a church wall?

I was recently in Prague, and while visiting churches I saw several times the inscription "K+M+B 2016" (sometimes with a C instead of K) written in chalk on a wall or a door. I only saw this in (...
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Walking 14 km on a pilgrimage road where footwear may be considered disrespectful

There's this 14 km long road that's one of the main attractions in Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India. The road goes all the way around a small mountain called Arunachala. The mountain is considered ...
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What is San Francisco's most famous church?

I have been to Hagia Sophia, Notre Dame and La Sagrada Familia, so I was wondering what the most famous church in San Francisco is ?
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Do's and Dont's of doing a pilgrimage as an atheist?

I plan on doing the St-Jacques-de-Compostelle pilgrimage, but I am also unequivocally atheist. My motivation for undergoing a (mostly) religious pilgrimage is pushing the limits of what I believe I ...
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Prayer room in Doha International Airport within departure area

Can we access prayer room in Doha International Airport within the departure area?
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Can we access prayer room during transfer in Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)?

I checked for a prayer room in Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK). Is it accessible during transfer?
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What Catholic churches are these?

I am trying to identify the buildings in this picture. The one on the top left is in Vatican City, and the rest are also Catholic related but I'm not sure where they are. All the pictures are from a ...
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Is It OK to enter ancient and deserted chapels in the Russian countryside

I love the Russian countryside, it's full of dramatic vistas and unexpected surprises. Sometimes travelling about the Russian countryside you might come across ancient Russian Orthodox chapels that ...
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Traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan

I am contemplating traveling to Turkey and Istanbul during Ramadan. Turkey seems more liberal than other Muslim majority countries, so I wonder the effect of Ramadan are during that time. Will ...
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What are these trailside monuments near Visegrád, Hungary?

There were around ten of these monuments by the side of the trail from Visegrád, Hungary, to the town's castle. I didn't see any dates or description, but the stone looked quite worn, so they're not ...
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Where can I find Taizé groups in Prague?

I'm going to Prague for 5 days. Where I live use to go to the Taize' prayer in my Parrish. I know the prayer is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same ...
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Is it safe to travel to Dubai if you're an atheist?

Same question for other Muslim places in the world that are worth visiting. Of course, this doesn't imply the intention of spreading atheistic and anti-theistic views in that country. Nothing like ...
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How much of Singapore shuts down on Christmas Day (and Eve?)

In Singapore, are any of the following likely to be open on Christmas Day? What about Christmas Eve? Does it depend on the area of the city? Neighborhood coffee shops Malls Hawker centres
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religious problem [duplicate]

I m going to Australia for my studies after few months. I belongs to a Sikh religion. I am deeply religious and I carry a kirpan with me everytime and everywhere. And the airport security do not allow ...
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Where exactly is this cross in Hong Kong?

I was digging around for something and stumbled upon a video about Hong Kong that had footage presumably from the area. In it, there was a still with a cross with the characters 成了 (probably in ...
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Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia?

Can travellers see Buddhist temples in Saudi Arabia? I'm not a Buddhist myself, but I sometimes see Buddhist temples when travelling. Wikipedia mentions that there's approximately 400,000 Buddhists ...
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What are the options to travel to Mecca or Jabal al-Nour as a non-Muslim?

I'm not a Muslim (I consider myself as Jain/Hindu, etc) but I wish to travel around Mecca. There is a common belief around the world that only Muslims are allowed inside Mecca. Is that true? Can I ...
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Taizé prayer in Bucharest: where?

Where I live, use to go to the Taizé prayer in the nearby parish. I know this is international and that many people, after coming back to Taizé, start to pray the same way in small groups within the ...
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Is it possible to visit the Vatican while wearing a Hijab?

I have read the question "Is there a dress code when visiting the Vatican in Rome?" carefully and I thought "the better covered the more welcomed" just like the photo suggested. However the ...
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