National Geographic article about Mt Athos
Posted 05 February 2010 - 06:44 PM
"Monks of Mount Athos"
From NG . . . "They (Athonite Monks) can be zealous, reclusive, worldly, prayerful, defiant."
This was my first view of anything up close and personal, and for the lack of a better word at the present, I was struck by the earthiness of it. It's hard to be more ignorant of Athos than me, but I didn't have it pictured in my mind this way (like the photo of the two monks and their cell on Pg. 144 & 145 who have shared this same small cell for over 50 years).
I thought it was interesting as the author shared:
"The outside world creeps ever closer. Mount Athos's newest monks have college educations, laptops, and little experience with raising chickens. Yesteryear's mules have mostly been replaced by vans and Range Rovers."
Posted 05 February 2010 - 06:57 PM
Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:05 PM
I actually thought that was a brilliant photograph.
But, then again, aren't you that guy who is rooting for the Saints on Sunday?
I thought all the photographs were most excellent and memorable, unlike the copy in the article. Overall, I thought the writing of the author was like some sort of weird infomercial. He is obviously not an expert on monasticisim or the Holy Mountain like me and thee.
Posted 11 February 2010 - 10:45 PM
Yet the brotherhood proceeds as it always has: inchwise, turned ever inward, glorying in the unseen—"digesting death," in the words of one of its preeminent scholars, Father Vasileios, "before it digests us."
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