Religious Experience

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Tarin Chiaravanond
Anthropology 100 10am
Cultural Report
Religious Experience
For my cultural report, I chose to go to a Filipino Christianity church. I was born and raised as a Buddhist and I don't really have a clue about the religion of Christianity. I also didn't have many Christian friends growing up, so I decided to pick the Christianity church because I was always wondered about the services at church. I had a lot of expectation attending the church service and I thought that everything were going to be like how they do it in the movies but I was very wrong.

The morning started of around 7:30am. As I drag myself out of bed, I remembered from the TV and the movies that I have to dress nice to attend church. So I got a nice dress shirt and slacks and got ready. I arrived at church around 8:30am and I was early for the service. I took a few minutes to look around and the church wasn't big and nice as I thought it would. The inside was very stuffy and didn't have those fancy windows with pictures in them. I took my first step inside church, a man handed me a sign in paper for guests. I assumed that they have their own little community going on and they know all the members that attend the church. It was about nine when everybody arrived and the service began. Many of the people that attended the service just wore regular street clothes. They all had jeans and a regular t-shirt on while I was sitting there all hot in my long sleeve and slacks. I always thought that the pastor always got to wear that black dress thing with the collar but this one just wore a Hawaiian shirt with slacks. Unlike the men, the ladies at the service all wore pretty dresses.

Attending a Filipino church I did not expect a lot of diversity from there. As I observed everyone that was there, there was about 50% Filipinos and the rest were Blacks and Hispanics and like one white lady. All the elderly that attended were all seated in the front rows while younger...
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