S1 E6 - 54m 21s
The festival of Osun-Osgobo, which takes place every year in Osogbo, Nigeria, celebrates the Yoruba goddess of fertility, Osun. The festival renews the contract between humans and the divine: Osun offers grace to the community; in return, it vows to honor her Sacred Grove.
S1 E5 - 54m 51s
Every twelve years, tens of millions of men, women and children gather on the flood plain of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in Allahabad, India, for the Kumbh Mela, the largest gathering of humanity for religious purposes on the planet. Pilgrims come from across India and around the world to bathe in the water where the two sacred rivers meet.
S1 E4 - 54m 51s
One of the five pillars of Islam is that each believer is called, at least once in their lives, to make the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage that starts and ends in the holy city of Mecca located in today's Saudi Arabia. The journey recreates Muhammad's own path as the native son returned to his tribal home as the leader of a vibrant new religion.
S1 E3 - 54m 51s
The Hebrew Bible instructs all Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year. But the city is holy to more than just Jews: Christian pilgrims began coming to Jerusalem and the Holy Land within centuries of Jesus' death, and the Al Aksa Mosque, located inside the walls of the Old City, is considered the third holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina.
S1 E2 - 54m 51s
The Japanese island of Shikoku is the birthplace of the most revered figure in Japanese Buddhism, the monk and teacher Kobo-Daishi. For hundreds of years, a 750-mile pilgrimage route has circled this mountainous island, connecting 88 separate temples and shrines that claim connection to Daishi, also known as the Great Master.
S1 E1 - 54m 50s
Lourdes has become one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world, visited annually by more than five million people who come in search of healing from its sacred waters. Since the end of World War II, soldiers from around the world have journeyed to Lourdes seeking healing and unity with one another at a week-long gathering known as the International Military Pilgrimage.
Extras + Features
Notes from the Field: Arriving in Osogbo (Osun-Osogbo)
S1 E6 - 2m 43s
As a visitor, what can you do to find your way around without a GPS? The citizens of Osogbo have found a creative solution to this challenge!
Notes from the Field: Osun's Sacred Bells (Osun-Osogbo)
S1 E6 - 3m 39s
The ancient craft of bronze-making is alive at Osun-Osogbo. Watch a craftsman mold these handmade brass bells for the festival of Osun.
S1 E6 - 1m 33s
Venture deep into the sacred forest outside the city of Osogbo to celebrate the goddess Osun. This episode of Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler premieres December 30 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings). See more from Osun-Osogbo at http://pbs.org/sacredjourneys
Notes from the Field: The Naked Holy Men (Kumbh Mela)
S1 E5 - 3m 33s
One of the most well-known symbols of the Kumbh Mela is the naked men known as Naga Sadhus. Why are they naked, and what happens when host Bruce Feiler joins a Naga Sadhus in his tent? Find out!
Kumbh Mela (Preview)
S1 E5 - 1m 36s
Bathe in the sacred river Ganga alongside 100 million Hindus. This episode of Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler premieres December 30 at 8/7C on PBS (check local listings). See more from the Kumbh Mela at http://pbs.org/sacredjourneys
Notes from the Field: Anisa's Story (The Hajj)
S1 E4 - 3m 19s
Enter a place where only Muslims are allowed with journalist and filmmaker Anisa Mehdi.
The Hajj (Preview)
S1 E4 - 1m 35s
Travel in the footsteps of the prophet Muhammad to the annual gathering of Muslims in Mecca. This episode of Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler premieres December 23 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings). See more from the Hajj at http://pbs.org/sacredjourneys
Notes from the Field: Citizen Journalists (The Hajj)
S1 E4 - 2m 45s
How is technology and social media affecting the pilgrimage to Mecca? Find out!
The Birthplace of Islam (The Hajj)
S1 E4 - 5m 25s
Examine the origins of Islam as modern Americans explore its birthplace in Medina, Saudi Arabia in this video resource from PBS LearningMedia.
S1 E3 - 1m 35s
Celebrate the Jewish festival of Sukkot in Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of Jesus from Nazareth to Capernaum. This episode of Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler premieres December 23 at 8/7C on PBS (check local listings). See more from Jerusalem at http://pbs.org/sacredjourneys
Notes from the Field: The Etrog Man (Jerusalem)
S1 E3 - 3m 28s
The etrog, one of the three symbols of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, has many surprising beauty and medicinal uses.
Notes from the Field: Tech at The Western Wall (Jerusalem)
S1 E3 - 2m 36s
Can’t make the bi-annual blessing at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem? Modern technology allows you to feel like you’re practically there.
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