Nov 1, 2009

Mosque in Songpan, Sichuan

Songpan has a mixed population of Huis, Tibetans, and of course Hans. There are a couple nice, quiet mosques in town to check out. As long as you keep your infidel hooves out of the main prayer halls, no one seems to mind tourists looking around during the off-hours.

Here's the main prayer hall of one of the mosques, with the mihrab in the center. (My hooves were outside the entrace to the hall when I took this picture.)

One of the walls outside the mosque had a bunch of little red papers pasted to it. Each paper lists a name and an amount in yuan, I'm guessing it's to show who donated how much money to the mosque.

Makes me think, geez, Catholics got it easy! You just crumple your donation money in the palm of your hand during mass and then plop it into the donation basket, and no one ever knows how much you gave. You could have given a Benjamin, a Hamilton, or could maybe even just one dollar. No one knows.

If you look closely at the names, you'll notice a disproportionate number of people with the surname Ma, the Chinese equivalent for Muhammad.


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