As we approached the church with the throngs of devotees I noticed that some folks carried chickens while others pulled along sheep. I believe the animals either served as a religious sacrifice or lunch. I also noticed that many of the women were barefoot and discovered later that folks believe if you make a wish and doff your footwear on the way to the church your wish will be granted. Candle offerings were common so we all purchased a few to place inside the church (when in Rome).
|In Azerbaijan's conservative culture this is borderline pornographic
|Is it me or are these 'sleeping' torso-less chickens almost cute? Ahhhhh...
I was a little surprised by the condition of the church. If not for the line of folks stuffing themselves in like the proverbial religious clown car I would have assumed the church abandoned. The graffiti adorning the walls did much to underscore this point. Inside the pilgrims busied themselves with lighting candles and making the sign of the cross.
|Not far from the church lies a rock that also holds some sort of significance but I was unable to determine what it is.