Study Field Trip: Cardiff 2009/10
Michael Thomas, our first year Religious Studies & Religious Education student reflects on our School’s annual Study Field Trip to Cardiff this academic year.
The first day back at the start of the second semester gave all of us as a department an opportunity to study two major religions at first hand. Traveling as a group also gave everyone the chance to catch up on things and discuss various aspects of the year ahead.
We were welcomed at the Hindu temple by Mr Patel who not only (in a very short time frame) managed to give us an incredibly detailed overview of Hinduism from an ‘insider’ perspective, but also showed all the aspects of a very gracious and understanding host and answered all the questions that were thrown at him. The display of colour and detail at the temple truly overwhelmed the senses.
After our visit to the Mandir (Hindu Temple) we had the oppurtunity to visit a Indian resturant for our Lunch.
We received a similar welcome at the Mosque as the Hindu temple and were given the opportunity to witness Salat-ul-Asr (mid afternoon prayers) as we arrived just before the start.
This also proved to be an unique experience (I would imagine for the majority of us) and gave us that ‘insider’ opportunity to yet again acquire a first hand knowledge of Islam. We were also given an incredibly detailed overview of the main tenants of the Muslim faith and what it means to be a Muslim.
Most definitely two very different but similarly unique experiences to gain a very special inside look into both of these Religions. Both experiences that should without question not be missed should the opportunity be presented again.