Places of Peace and Power
Since ancient times, sacred sites have had a mysterious allure for billions of people around the world. Legends and contemporary reports tell of extraordinary experiences people have had while visiting these places. Different sacred sites have the power to heal the body, enlighten the mind and inspire the heart. What is the key to the mystery of the sacred sites and how are we to explain their power?
Anthropologist Martin Gray has spent thirty years studying and photographing hundreds of sacred sites in more than one hundred and twenty-five countries. On this web site Martin discusses the mythology and history of sacred sites and presents a fascinating explanation of the miraculous phenomena that occur at them.
Martin’s photographs have been featured by National Geographic and UNESCO, and in newspapers, magazines, books, documentaries and galleries around the world.
Sacred sites, religious pluralism and tolerance
In these times of worsening religious extremism it would be of great benefit for us all to realize that at their core each of the different religions are saying the same thing. They are proclaiming that God is one, and that all things, all people are born from that oneness. In God there are no differences, no separations. Only oneness, sameness. Equality. Irrespective of the creed - Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu - all people praise and pray to the same indivisible divinity. We must realize this. We all love and are loved by the same God. If we recognize this, and affirm it with our actions, we will be an immeasurable force for religious tolerance in the world. The sacred sites, the pilgrimage places illustrated here are where people most passionately give praise and prayer to God. Go there, be present in that divinity, be in love with that love.
Sacred Sites Book Now Available!
Barnes & Noble has published a large-format book of Martin’s photographs called Sacred Earth. Purchase an autographed version by clicking the link at right.