About Being Ignorant.
It’s that moment, when you lay your eyes upon the cover of a book. Minutes after you are caught scanning quickly what’s behind the book.
That book, that makes you wanna read and live it all in just one breath. That book, the book that leaves you breathless.
“Around the World in Eighty Days”, written by Jules Verne at the height of the British empire, offers a snapshot to contemporary readers of a very different world. A world of no communications technology, no planes and all this happen, in a very English empire upon which the sun never sets. In just 80 days, anything can happen. Well…
“He was quite ignorant that it is forbidden to Christians to enter certain Indian temples, and that even the faithful must not go in without first leaving their shoes outside the door. It may be said here that the wise policy of the British Government severely punishes a disregard of the practices of the native religions.
Passepartout, however, thinking no harm, went in like a simple tourist, and was soon lost in admiration of the splendid Brahmin ornamentation which everywhere met his eyes, when of a sudden he found himself sprawling on the sacred flagging.
He looked up to behold three enraged priests, who forthwith fell upon him; tore off his shoes, and began to beat him with loud, savage exclamations.
The agile Frenchman was soon upon his feet again, and lost no time in knocking down two of his long-gowned adversaries with his fists and a vigorous application of his toes; then, rushing out of the pagoda as fast as his legs could carry him, he soon escaped the third priest by mingling with the crowd in the streets.”
We all make such and similar mistakes upon visiting a foreign culture. You know what I mean.
it’s best to be a bit more prepared about local culture before you go!