Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Selamat Idul Fitri

Aripramz wishes us all a Selamat Idul Fitri, which is a traditional Indonesian greeting for the Eid (holiday celebrating the end of Ramadan). "Mohon maaf lahir dan batin" is a request for forgiveness - this holiday is a time to atone for the wrongs that you have done to others in the previous year. It is also a time to travel to see relatives, and the 'musafeer' or traveler depicted here must be doing that.



BTW, that image to the right of the LEGO picture is ketupat, an Indonesian food where rice is boiled inside a pouch made of woven palm leaves, as this is a characteristic dish eaten at Eid celebrations in Indonesia.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ramadan Mubarak

I'd like to wish all of our Muslim readers a blessed conclusion to their Ramadan. For today, let's take a look at this mosque in Legoland Billund. I do not know if this is a reproduction of an actual structure, but I kind of assume it is since most of those Miniland displays are. So if someone knows exactly what is depicted here I'd love to know.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Cowherd and Weaver Girl

Sometimes I debate whether a MOC is truly about a religious subject, or would better be characterized as a cultural practice. For example, the Danish holiday Sankt Hans aften I blogged here earlier this month. The Chinese folktale Cowherd and Weaver Girl (here depicted by Tigerggyy) is one of these. As the story goes, the daughter of the Jade Emperor (one of the chief gods in Chinese traditional religion and also in Taoism) fell in love with a mortal cowherd. They were separated by the river of the Milky Way, but once a year the Jade Emperor allows them to meet on a bridge across the river. That day is called the Qixi Festival, the Chinese equivalent of Valentine's Day.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Pagoda

Matija Grguric continues to build great MOCs, such as this pagoda. The design comes from Kiyomizu-dera, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Moai

As I understood it, the significance of the Moai of Easter Island (here in LEGO by Matija Grguric) was unclear. Wikipedia suggests they represented deified ancestors.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kościół Mariacki

The Kościół Mariacki, or St. Mary's Basillica (here by Diabel), was built in Krakow in the 13th century and then rebuilt in the 14th. Every hour a trumpet signal plays from the taller tower, commemorating the 13th century trumpeter who was killed while sounding the alarm of the oncoming Mongol attackers.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Star and crescent

Eilonwy77 is a master at mosaics and patterns using LEGO. She was recently challenged to come up with the star and crescent symbols of Islam. While a six-pointed star is more commonly associated with Judaism, she says that in researching this she found some examples with six and eight-pointed stars rather than the more common five-pointed star. For the non-LEGO builders who may read this, the 36 degree angle for a five-pointed star is pretty much impossible* at this scale with LEGO pieces.



*Of course, that raises this as a challenge to all you builders out there.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Pantheon

The Pantheon (here built in the style of the Architecture line by Victor Martinez Nouvilas) was built in 126 and dedicated to all the gods of Rome. Later it was reconsecrated as a Catholic church, and is still used today.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011

Westminster Abbey

Another detail from the Westminster Abbey MOC shows the great West Door.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Westminster Abbey

This cutaway of the massive Westminster Abbey MOC displayed at AFOLcon shows the architectural details.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Westminster Abbey

How in the world did I not post this Westminster Abbey to GodBricks? I put it on the front page of Classic-Castle, but I guess it was when I was completely backed up on my blogs. Anyway, this was built by a group of British AFOLs and displayed at the AFOLcon gathering just before the wedding of William and Kate in Westminster Abbey, and now it will be displayed at various LEGO events around Europe.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Long Hu

I'm not sure if I should be featuring this here or not. The Long Hu Tower, or Dragon Tiger Tower is named after Long Hu Mountain in China, a holy region seen as one of the birthplaces of Taoism. I don't know if these towers in Taiwan have any religious significance, or if they are more of a tourist destination.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Sankt Hans aften

In Denmark, Midsummer's eve is called Sankt Hans aften, or Saint John's Eve. It's not a religious holiday, but the traditions reach back to religious roots. The day is named for the feast day of John the Baptist. Bonfires date back to Viking beliefs that these would drive away evil spirits. Witches are burned in effigy, remembering the witch burnings of centuries past.