Differences in Worship

Growing up, I really thought worship was defined as singing or playing an instrument. Little did I know that my upbringing in the West fashioned my mind to think this way. I'm not saying it's wrong at all, in fact, I love playing my guitar and singing! For me, it's something very important that I like to do often. Going to other cultures though and seeing the differences in worship, I can't help but ponder more about what worship is exactly. 

5D Mark II; 85mm f/1.8  |  f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO-1600

5D Mark II; 85mm f/1.8  |  f/2.2, 1/100 sec, ISO-1600

The definition of "Worship" from Google is this: to show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites. 

The worshipers at the Golden Temple (pictured above) decided to show reverence by bowing and touching their head on the platform. Some places people will throw flowers, give money, bow down prostrate or even do hand motions.

As a bystander in most of these situations, I find it fascinating to see what people do. I think it widens our perspectives to watch the practices of other cultures. It might not be what we think is true, but it gives us insight into humanity and how we were created. 

 How do people worship in your culture? Leave a comment in the comment section below.

-Ashley