It’s their stage when holy men get a chance to dress up and play the diva.
Still there’s probably some religious significance there too.
And fancy dress is clearly one of the upsides of the role.
It also includes a job for life and care right up to the end.
And you’ll get straight entry into heaven, and life everlasting.
These were many of the reasons why I flirted with becoming a Catholic priest when I was a boy.
OK, I didn’t make it to the seminary probably because I wanted to make it with girls.
That’s something which you can do if you want to go on to become a vicar or minister, rabbi or imman.
With Catholic priests, of course, you get to wear the dress too.
I was sorely tempted too to buy the vestments I saw for sale in the window of a shop in Medjugorje.
Where I’d gone on a Marian Pilgrimages http://www.marianpilgrimages.ie tour just last month…. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/10/18/medgugorje-whats-your-story/
Clothes maketh the man, some might say, and I have been drawn to all kinds of cultures because of theirs.
Jesus in a skirt, yes. In a church in Tenerife https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/tenerife-walk/ with http://www.CanariaWays.com.
While I also witnessed a promised Land of Hasidic Jews (if that’s the collective noun) passing through the world’s biggest through hub for Jews and the world’s best airport, Istanbul. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/wham-bam-thank-you-hamam/
With Turkish Airlines’ business lounge being the jewel in the crown… http://www.turkishairlines.com.
Crossroads of history
Istanbul is one of the world’s great cities for any number of reasons but definitely because it is a crossroads city where cultures and religions meet.
Like the beautiful Sarajevo https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/10/21/sarajevo-the-scot-that-was-heard-around-the-world/ and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/10/24/sarajevo-revisited/
Which the Bosnian city has had its Catholic and Orthodox visitors where you’ll see both religious and secular dress.
Jordan is another crossroads where you only have to stand by the river with Muslims on the side of Jordan country https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/petra-jordan-jesus-and-the-sands-of-time/.
While also seeing white robed Russian Orthodox Christians douse themselves in the river in deference to Jesus who they believe was baptised at that spot.
Which I witnessed on my G Adventures trip to the Middle East… http://www.gadventures.com.
Talking of Orthodox Christians then you an always turn up in Greece, while waiting for a lift.
In an InterContinental Hotel in Athens http://www.intercontinental.com on an Attica Region trip and http://www.athensattica.com and https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/2019/09/22/give-us-this-day-greek-orthodox/.
He was beautifully adorned in his black vestments and donned a beautifully coiffured white beard.
Now there’s a look I can definitely pull off.