Friday, 20 January 2012

The commercialisation of God, Maria and religion, Scherpenheuvel

The modern world is commercial, this is a fact. With money, you can buy a lot. Not everything but enough. The priests and regilieus people have also seen an opportunity. Sometimes you have to pay a fee to enter a church and we thought that the House of God was open for everyone. In the Notre-Dame of Paris they have a real store inside the Cathedral. In the Church of the Holy Selpuchre of Jeruzalem, priests sell services on the tomb of Jesus. Here in Scherpenheuvel we saw a special store with statues of Maria, Jesus, Jozef, priests, angels, candles and many more. We think this is a special store that only a few of you have seen.

De moderne wereld is commercieel, dat is een feit. Met geld kan je bijna alles kopen. De priesters en religieuze mensen zien hier ook hun commerciële mogelijkheden. Soms moet je inkom betalen voor het betreden van een kerk en wij die dachten dat het Huis van God open was voor iedereen. In de Notre-Dame van Parijs hebben ze een echte winkel in de kathedraal. In de kerk van het Heilige Graf te Jeruzalem verkopen de priesters hun diensten op het graf van Jezus. Hier in Scherpenheuvel hebben we een zeer uitzonderlijke winkel gezien vol beeldjes van Maria, Jezus, Jozef, priesters, engelen, kaarsen en veel meer. We denken dat zo’n uitzonderlijke winkel nog niet door velen van u gezien is..

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11 comments:

  1. There is something ironic and not quite right about selling religious icons next to pin wheels and ads for soda!

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  2. I suppose the people that buy statues find them a help in their worship of God.

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  3. If I ever make it to this quaint village, you can be sure I will not be stopping at the tourist shops! :S

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  4. The mixture of products sold is a little odd to me !
    But all look beautiful !

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  5. Oh my, church stores, I don't know what to make of this!!! We have a Jewish Synagogue that has things for sale in the foyer, like dreidels, paintings, and candles, things with Jewish history. And we have Christian book and gift stores, there is a chain of them. But they are not connected with any particular church. In your church gift shops I see items that are not really of any religious significance!!! Like in a regular store or a toy store.

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  6. Wow...das ist eine Riesenauswahl. Da weiß der Kunde gar nicht, was er nehmen soll....

    Filip, zu deiner Frage: "did do increase the brightness of the colours?"..
    Nein...meine Fotos sind original. Ich verwende keine Textur oder andere Fotoprogramme...

    Liebe Grüße, Karin

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  7. haha, heel mooi, ik had bijna exact dezelfde reportage over scherpenheuvel klaar !! Ik heb er een vriendin wonen. zal het nu even uitstellen
    mooie reportage
    anni

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  8. Al die beelden heel indrukwekkend!
    Gaaf om er tussen te kijken, echt weer een super mooie serie!
    Groetjes en een fijn weekend, Cristien.

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  9. The store carries a variety of statues to please everyone even those who prefer Shrek.

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  10. I was going to write the same thing as Barb.. I thought there's something not quite right with all the mix but well, if someone's coming to get a religious icon then there's all that they'll care about I think..

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  11. commerce is taking over everywhere:(

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