Dracil’s BlogJournal

May 24, 2008

The Holy Land Experience and other religious theme parks

Yeah, that’s as weird as it sounds.  It’s in Florida.  Why am I not surprised?  :P

I first read about it in the article The Crucifixion and Ice Cream.  Some interesting stuff there, like how The Holy Land Experience was originally meant to be a tool to convert Jews.  But it’s part of the Trinity Broadcasting Network now.

Amid cell phones ringing, video cams rolling and ice cream melting under the Florida sun, a blood-spattered Jesus stumbles through the crowd on his way to Golgotha, where nasty Roman soldiers strip him, nail him to the cross and crucify him—while perspiring tourists look on in Bermuda shorts. After the resurrection sequence, visitors applaud and line up for a photo op, not with Mickey or Minnie, but a disciple or bloody-handed yet friendly centurion. Welcome to Orlando’s most unusual theme park, the Holy Land Experience.

At first, I was thinking, only in America.  But that seemed unlikely, so I decided to check out some other major world religions.  Sure enough, they all have their own theme parks.

In Vietnam, for Buddhism, there’s the Suoi Tien Theme Park.  There’s also a Haw Par Villa (Tiger Balm Gardens) in Singapore.

In India, of course there is a Hindu Theme Park.

Finally, you can’t leave out the Muslims, and there’s an Islamic Theme Park in Malaysia.

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1 Comment »

  1. There’s also an argentinian version of the holy land in Buenos Aires called tierra santa

    http://www.tierrasanta-bsas.com.ar/

    Comment by jbs — July 22, 2009 @ 4:11 am


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