Mount Kailash - the heart of the world, the Earth's axis and the center of the universe
• Mount Kailash - the heart of the world, the Earth's axis and the center of the universe
The faithful four religions worship the mountain and consider it holy.
Undefeated Mount Kailash in Tibet Plateau rises to over 6600 meters. She is worshiped by representatives of various ancient religions. Jains believe that at this point of their first saint attained enlightenment. Bon adherents believe that there came down from heaven to earth the founder of the religion celestial Tonpa Shenrab. Hindus believe that the peak of Kailasa - the abode of Lord Shiva. Buddhists believe the mountain habitat in the incarnation of Buddha Samvara and revere her as the spiritual center of the universe.
Adherents of these four religions believe that the mountain is sacred and endowed with divine powers. Everyone strives to make a pilgrimage to the purpose of the ritual bypass the mountain (the crust of committing or parikrama). Some are looking for enlightenment, the other - the purification of karma.
Photographer Samuel Zuder (Samuel Zuder) from Hamburg first saw Mount Kailash in 2012. He suddenly realized why it is so important for many people.
"I immediately understood why people think it must be the center of the universe" - describes his first impressions of the photographer. Mountain, snow-capped, different tetrahedral pyramid shape. Her verge almost without errors oriented to the cardinal. Mystique and power of Kailash feel people do not even religious.
Zuder went to this place after reading the sorrow in Christian Kracht's novel "1979". He took with him a Tibetan guide, assistant, driver, Linhof 4x5 camera and a tripod. Within a month, the photographer shot pilgrims and inspiring landscape awe. Now he raises money for kraudfandingovoy Kickstarter platform to publish your photos in the book "Face to Faith: Mount Kailash, Tibet."
"It would be great if my photo book can convey a bit of special strength and beauty of this remote place," - says Zuder.
People come to the mountain all year round, but especially many pilgrims during a religious festival Saga Dawa to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and death (leaving parinirvana) of Gautama Buddha. The atmosphere is festive. Pilgrims picnics, cook, laugh and sing.
"Worshiping the mountain Kailash, a person does not refuse from the usual everyday behavior. It's not like going to church, where you have to stay calm and focus on prayer. During the ritual bypass, I saw a lot of groups and families who seemed to take great pleasure to worship the mountain ", - says the photographer.