30 January 2008
Tonight I finished carving the next reduction for the print of Mecca, beginning the definition of the city streets and physical features.
Unfortunately, in some research I did while I was working on this carving I was shocked to discover that according to Arab law all non-Muslims are barred from visiting Mecca. I find this prohibition both baffling and sad. I have visited holy sites of religions other than the one I was born into and have found it to be a powerful experience, always contributing to my understanding and respect for other beliefs. This ban seems like a terrible missed opportunity for connection and goodwill. I go forward with this print anyway, in the spirit of my initial intention, but finding out about the ban has definitely become a mental/emotional hurdle for me. Interesting.