Monday, October 21, 2013

Turkmenistan | Merv | Mausoleum of Hamadani

In an earlier post I mentioned Ghujdawani (d.1179), the first of the Seven Khwajagan of the Bukhara Oasis. Al-Ghujdawani’s teacher was Abu Ya`qub Yusuf ibn Ayyab ibn Yusuf ibn al-Husayn al-Hamadani (to give his full name). Yusuf al-Hamadani was born in 1062 in a village near the city of Hamadan in what was then Khorasan, now Iran. At the age of eighteen he moved to Baghdad where he quickly attained the reputation as one of the leading scholars of his time . . . For more see Seven Saints of Bukhara: The Khwajagan, or Masters of Wisdom.

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  1. The penultimate photograph has a strangely haunting quality to it. Do the Muslim pilgrims circumambulate counter-clockwise? It looks odd. I have done the pradasina on Buddhist sites, always starting from the east gate and always moving in a clockwise fashion.

  2. I have noticed that Muslims always seem to circumambulate shrines and other sacred places counter-clockwise. As you noted, Buddhists always circumambulate holy places clockwise. Here in Mongolia I circumambulated Burkhan Khaldun

    Practitioners of the Bon religion circumambulate counter-clockwise, however. In Tibet they are often seen walking the opposite way from the main stream of pilgrims.