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Sacred Wonders of Britain

  • 2019
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Education


In the most spectacular, sacred places on earth, people perform astonishing acts of worship, dangerous challenges and extraordinary deeds of devotion rarely seen by outsiders.


Episode 2: Sacred Wonders


What people do for faith in some of the most stunning sacred places on Earth. In the second episode, a Shinto devotee undertakes a gruelling challenge at the sacred Nachi Falls in Japan, hoping to ensure the wellbeing of his country for another year. Meanwhile in Mali, a young Muslim man helps to re-plaster Djenne's Great Mosque in the hope of a place in paradise, and at the Cathedral of St John the Divine in New York, an Anglican priest manages an astonishing ceremony to bring people - and their animals - closer to God.


The things that people do for their faith really are amazing. We see a Shinto devotee running up and down the steep staircase at Nachi Falls carrying a massive flaming torch to purify it; there’s a Sikh helping feed the 250,000 worshippers at the Vaisakhi festival at Amritsar’s Golden Temple – even the hardest working chef would be impressed by his stamina.

Most chaotic is the gruelling annual task of replastering the mud walls of Djenne mosque in Mali, necessary if they’re not to be washed away in the rainy season, while weirdest is the New York cathedral where the congregation includes a menagerie of camels, sheep, snakes, pigs and parrots.

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