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Visiting Dublin's most sacred places? Here are the 'Dos and don'ts'

Do you know why shoes are taken off in Buddhist centres?

Ananda Siddhi Vinayaka Temple
Ananda Siddhi Vinayaka Temple

DO YOU KNOW which religious faiths require you to take off your shoes or dress modestly if you’re entering their sacred spaces?

Did you know Buddhist centres ask you to remove your footwear as a mark of respect but also as a reminder that you are entering a different space and leaving behind the mundane, everyday life for a while. (It also helps to protect the beautiful wooden floors).

The Inter-Faith Forum has just launched a handy guide for visiting Dublin’s sacred spaces to encourage people to explore the different communities spread across the city.

According to the group, the simple booklet “is but a single step on the path toward coexistence, it is also an invitation into worlds where all are welcome and everyone acts as host”.

“The Forum works to promote a spirit of dialogue, acceptance and respect for the growing cultural and religious diversity of our city.”

The guide includes a handy key and maps about where could be of interest to visit.

Download the full guide here>

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