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Community newspspers; Australia, Central; Alice Springs (N.T.); Newspapers

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Erwin Chlanda

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Alice Springs


v. 17 issue 18

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replaced. This is also untrue. The board expressed its absolute confidence in the management of the company. Another resolution was passed that there be no changes made to the current management. It is believed that a source outside Papunya Tula Artists is conducting an organised campaign attempting to destabilise the company by circulating false information. ADAM'S APPLE: Belief takes people on incredible journeys. Over the past few months Hindus all over the world have been celebrating the Kumbh Mela festival. The festival acts as a focal point for a pilgrimage culminating in the pilgrim washing in the Ganges River. The act of washing in the holy water is said to give the bather a new beginning, to purify the soul and forgive the bather of their sins. Some 70 million people took part over the 45 days of the Kumbh Mela. Three times the amount of Australians alive today. I remember having to queue for a bath at a summer camp but a queue 70 million long takes the biscuit! In the Islamic faith, the fifth pillar of Islam is the Hajj. The Hajj is a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in the lifetime of every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. There were 1.6 million of them last year. The Catholic faith has its pilgrimages too. Two years ago, Catholic youth from around the world came to Sydney for World Youth Day. The largest World Youth Day pilgrimage took place in 1995 in the Philippines when four million young people attended. Pilgrimages dont have to be religious affairs either. There are great secular pilgrimages all over the world. Thousands flock to Pre Lachaise Cemetery in Paris to pay their respects to a slew of famous names. Names like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Maria Callas. Graceland in Memphis sees more pilgrims to Elvis each year than many churches see in a decade. Australians are of late becoming a nation of pilgrims. The annual excursion of young men and women to Gallipoli is fast becoming a rite of passage for many. I also know of three groups in Alice Springs alone that are preparing to hike the Kokoda Track. Regardless of your personal take on pilgrimages, one thing is certain. Lots of people like doing them. Lots of people means lots of money. Souvenirs, accommodation, food and drink, buses and planes are all needed for a successful pilgrimage. There has been a pilgrimage of sorts in Central Australia this week as news of the miracle tap of Hermannsburg makes its way round the country. For those unaware of the miracle tap, a woman claims that her illness was cured after she drank from the tap situated next to the old Lutheran Church in Hermannsburg. Since the story broke, scores of people have been coming to Hermannsburg to take home some water from the tap. There are even stories of people sending the water to loved ones in hospital in Adelaide. Im not sure if sending water to Adelaide is due to its healing properties or the rancid taste of Adelaide water. There have been pilgrimages throughout the ages based on more flimsy evidence than a woman cured of illness so why not spread the word. The pilgrims of the tap could start at my place. I have a tap that miraculously starts dripping for no reason and with no provocation. Then we can move on to the drinking fountain that has growing upon it a truly wondrous array of organisms some of which are unknown to modern science. The pilgrims could then make a quick stop at the Sacred Tap Caf and Gift Shop where they could purchase mementos of the journey. Little phials on neck chains, t-shirts and patches for the parka all at reasonable prices. They could then all pile on the bus and head out to Hermannsburg. The whole experience could be very tastefully done. Nothing gaudy in any way. We could even have music to enhance the spirituality of it all, available on CD or iTunes. Is it just me or am I now starting to think like a real local? Back to our home page. http://www.alicespringsnews.com.au/

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