Where Panama's Hindu's worship
photos by Eric Jackson
The Hindu temple overlooking Tumba Muerto isn't the only one in Panama --- there's a beautiful little temple in Colon, too --- but it is the largest place of worship for this country's Hindu religious minority.
The architecture combines the ancient and the modern...
... in a temple where certain traditions are maintained and modern irritants are discouraged...
... and where nature asserts its soothing effect.
It's polite to ring the bell, and parents will give their kids a boost so that they can do so.
Hinduism is polytheistic, or according to some, observant of the various manifestations of the Godhead. One such is Ganesh, who is honored at the Hindu Temple in sculpture...
... and painting.
Shiva creates and destroys, and befriends cows and cobras.
His statue is front and center in this temple's pantheon.
The sacred art here includes intricate carvings...
... and statues.
And even the view of the parking lot reflects simplicity and good taste.