Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Holy Switch

The series offers an authentic exploration of different people’s perspectives on their own faith and how that then translates to their impressions of other religious practices in contemporary society. Each episode provided me with a reliable source on the fundamental ideas and notions that each religion follows.

We are first introduced to Hinduism and Anglicism: both believe in one God, however Kim, who practices Anglicism, questions whether she is worshiping a different god. We learn through Kim, the strict diets and ceremonies Hindus adhere to and she describes the experience in the end as ‘life changing’. Aakash on the other end found Anglicism’s beliefs confronting - their views of Christ being the one and only true pathway to heaven he found to be a narrow-minded and restricting statement.

I found it ironic how each episode featured someone who was cynical about a religion that carried varying levels of opposing ideas to their own faith because I always thought each faith taught a human to understand and not judge others. Cases such as the second episode centered around Freeman the Buddhist monk and Jordan the Maronite catholic show the fragility of people’s beliefs - how they are so quick to worry they are contravening their own faith. This is clear in Jordan’s attitude towards the monks and how he makes a fifty kilometer trip to mass because he believes his attendance is non-negotiable. He was not as open and ready to take in and learn about a new religion like Freeman was.

The final episode featured a Muslim and jewish woman. We get a glimpse into the wedding ceremonies and christenings that Jews partake in and learn of the spiritual attachment Mobinah, the Muslim feels for her hijab. Jordane learns of the Muslim views on sex and marriage. We learn of the loud and passionate speeches given at a Syrian refugee fundraiser which upsets Jordane immensely.

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