Wewak Haus loto bilong Jisas Krais

In many communities in Papua New Guinea, the church is the centrepiece. Often when houses are modest, made of timber and local bush materials, the Church is often made of brick and steel, and weekend energy is often spent on building a new church.

The Sepik region of PNG has a long tradition of Spirit Houses and these formidable buildings were removed by early missionaries and replaced with the new modern Spirit House. But slowly, tourism along the river has meant that some communities are returning to building Spirit Houses and the missionaries are okay with that. The good man upstairs says that Spirit Houses can co-exist with modern traditions.

Photo taken 2 December 2008
I really like "places of worship" shots and it is one of themes that I have started in its own folder. This is a nice shot, and the swirly sky makes it nicer.
posted December 5th, 2012  
I love those clouds!!
posted December 5th, 2012  
yeah i also think the clouds add ALOT to this shot! :) great work jd!
posted December 5th, 2012  
Perfect find in that sky for this subject!
posted December 6th, 2012  
Great sky!
posted December 6th, 2012  
Stunning shot!
posted December 6th, 2012  
I googled "Sepik spirit house" to get some idea of the contrast with this modern building, and it is a striking difference. I can see why the early missionaries would want to remove them, and it is great they are making a comeback. Your photo, with the sweeping sky, does a good job of emphasizing this building.
posted December 6th, 2012  
I think the pidgin title describes it very well
posted December 6th, 2012  
@georgews - a lot of the Pidgin words can be understood quite simply... haus = house and Jisas Krais = Jesus Christ but I couldn't work out where the loto word for church came into things. I like to think Lottery but I am way off....

@rvwalker - Indeed Ross, the Sepik Spirit Houses are amazing... and when I removed my boots and entered one, I was overwhelmed with a sense of belonging and a sense of worship similar to when I visited the great Cathedral of Amiens. It is moments like those, that I understand religion.

@chrismarfil - Thanks Chris :)

@kjarn - Cheers Kathy A!

@grammyn - Thanks Katy :)

@agentzuckerguss - Cheers Katia, sometimes I see a fantastic scene or a landscape and I walk away if the clouds are not quite right.

@leananiemand - Thanks Leana, thank you :)

@frankhymus - I posted a few church shots from around my town last year in my project on Sundays... I kinda wish I kept it up.
posted December 6th, 2012  
cool building
posted December 6th, 2012  
@houdiniem - not bad eh?
posted December 6th, 2012  
Swirly whirly clods in the sky are the perfect background for this church.
posted December 6th, 2012  
@onie - they're pretty clods indeed.
posted December 6th, 2012  
Its interesting to hear they are returning... Looks a massive building
posted December 6th, 2012  
@michelleyoung - The whole village/town have got to fit in somehow!
posted December 7th, 2012  
I like the idea of 'spirit houses' - seems more apt than inventing a new word for what is basically the same thing. If folk around the world cancelled out their word for a place of worship and called it 'spirit house' I wonder if it would be a more harmonious world.
Great photo by the way!
Finally sitting down with my cuppa and can't believe I'm so far behind. Had to get in and catch up before new year. I think I have seen some of your shots float by on the home page thread so hadn't realised I had missed so many (and of course I have to do them chronologically or I might miss out some wonderful story). :)
posted December 28th, 2012  
@filsie65 - Don't think it really matters what you call the place of worship. The radicals who cause such angst between people are not really taken in their learnings to the full letter of the law.
posted December 28th, 2012  
The clouds seem to be swirling above the cross. Kind of neat.
posted December 31st, 2012  
@hellcat - a sign?
posted December 31st, 2012  
Perhaps... you've been good haven't you?
posted December 31st, 2012  
@hellcat - I don't even do 'careful' that well.... have you seen my toes?
posted December 31st, 2012  
lol... I don't do 'good' so well either.. and you won that one.
posted January 1st, 2013  
@hellcat - I do 'reckless abandonment' with ease.
posted January 1st, 2013  
.... Do you frolick ...
posted January 3rd, 2013  
@hellcat - not often... joints are getting old. ;)
posted January 3rd, 2013  
rickety frolicking
posted January 4th, 2013  
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