I think it's weird that the lead photo is of a mosque, especially considering the first section deals with Buddhism. At first, I figured it was a photo of a Buddhist temple, but alas it wasn't. Do we have any photos of a Buddhist temple we can use as the lead photo? -- Sapphire • (Talk) • 02:04, 23 June 2007 (EDT)
- Well, I think finding a perfect opening image for this article is going to be difficult with so many major religions based there... there's not much reason to choose Buddhist over Islam, and the Jama Masjid is one of the more well-known sites on the sub-continent. Once this is a little more filled out I'll try to make a map for it, maybe that would make a less contentious main image for this particular article? – cacahuate talk 02:09, 23 June 2007 (EDT)
- Contentious, my ass. It's simply a matter of logistics: the first photo would ideally match up with the first section, which is about Buddhist beliefs. If someone has a problem about the what the first section is, let the alphabet sort that out. -- Sapphire • (Talk) • 02:15, 23 June 2007 (EDT)
- I see what you're saying. I think the lack of a meaty intro and the largeness of the photo currently make it look like it's taking over the Buddhist section... but maybe beefing up the intro and downsizing the pic (or another we choose to replace it) is the way to go, not making the first section dictate what image goes as the lead? – cacahuate talk 02:26, 23 June 2007 (EDT)
Purpose of this page?
Is the purpose of this page to provide a listing of 'sacred', as in 'regarded with more than the ordinary level of veneration by a religion', sites? Or is it to provide a listing of noteworthy religious sites that may be of tourist interest. If the latter, then Christianity (St. Thomas Mount in Chennai, Bom Jesus in Goa) and Judaism (the sixteenth century synagogue in Cochin) should perhaps be included. If the former, then, I guess, we can give the Christians and the Jews a pass. (Are there any pagan religious sites in India?) --Wandering 18:17, 23 July 2007 (EDT)
- Good question. As you know, when people visit India, they will be confronted by religion at street level. There will be icons in hotel lobbies and precariously balanced on street stalls and stuck on the front of taxi dashboards. So, one part of the article is to provide info about the meaning of the most common symbols. In addition, many travelers head to India purely to experience the indigenous and popular religions, so another part of the article is to provide information about the sacred sites themselves and the etiquette to be observed when visiting such places. In this way, as with articles such as those on 'altitude sickness' and 'food poisoning' the article can serve as a central point of information, and so saving us the need to repeat the same information on every article where a temple is mentioned. At the moment it is a bit of a hodge podge, but hopefully it will evolve and the articles will be be split up, perhaps first along religions lines and then later with a focus on itineraries. In the same way that I wouldn't link a primary article about Hindu or Buddhist sacred sites and temples to the Middle East (though there are some there, especially in Afghanistan), I wouldn't place the Judea Christian traditions in an article on religions of the Indian sub-continent. The Middle East is their natural home, and I think that's where such info should be located. It could be argued that Islam should not be included as it was not born in the Indian sub-continent, but it has such a strong presence there, not only in Pakistan and Bangladesh, but also in India, and there are so many ancient mosques in the region that it would be doing a disservice to travelers not to include it. Anyway, to reiterate, the idea of the article is to provide info on the religions of the area for travelers at two levels: the basic details about symbols and rituals that are experienced at street level and also to offer more detailed info for travelers who plan to visit sacred and religious sites. Lonely Planet and Rough Guide have similar introductions, so you can get some idea of what this article is trying to achieve if you check out those guides. I hope that answers your questions. Take it easy. WindHorse 22:53, 23 July 2007 (EDT)
- I guess the page is largely meant for those who go seeking religion in India, which would be predominantly Buddhism and Hinduism with the odd Jainism thrown in. Not sure how well Islam fits into this but I guess it is big in India. Thanks!--Wandering 13:35, 24 July 2007 (EDT)
Can't we just call it "Sacred sites of South Asia"? That's the name Wikitravel gives to the region, which also includes countries that are not India, such as Pakistan, Nepal, etc. --globe-trotter 19:19, 9 January 2010 (EST)
Taxila is a major Buddhist site, I'm adding it. --Awiseman 09:46, 17 July 2011 (EDT)
- Adding Ayodhya.