July 27, 2009

Church Experiment #30: Hindu Temple

For some reason, I felt super anxious about attending the Hindu Temple (www.cincinnatitemple.com). I hadn’t felt that nervous since the Church of Scientology back in February. Not completely sure why, but here are a few factors that I know added to my angst:

1) The Temple was in the middle of nowhere on the east side of Cincinnati (at the end of a long, narrow, winding gravel road). It was the stuff of horror movies.

2) The property had a gated entrance. Any building with a gated entrance makes me nervous. Why do they need to keep people out? Or do they want to keep me trapped inside? Either option seemed ominous.

3) When I pulled into the parking lot, there were five other cars. I sat in my car for fifteen minutes wishing the lot was full so I would feel much more anonymous inside.

So, I prayed. I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but for whatever reason, I almost never formally pray before I walk inside the churches I visit. But the prayer helped me relax, so I got out of my car and walked toward the building.

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