Want to see something a bit freaky?
The YoubulTubes has a camera on the annual Islamic ritual of the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and will broadcast the epic proceedings.

The Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is one of the largest pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to Allah.
The pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijjah, the 12th and last month of the Islamic calendar. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, eleven days shorter than the Gregorian calendar used in the Western world, the Gregorian date of the Hajj changes from year to year. Ihram is the name given to the special spiritual state in which Muslims live while on the pilgrimage.

The first word that comes to mind is cult. I didn’t think they would want anyone to stream this ritual out to everyone. But, when I think about it, it would be beneficial in helping recruit people in Muslim. While they walk around, they seem to wave at the cameras which is welcoming. The shit that they are saying over the PA sounds both serious and scary. Not in the ignorance sense of I don’t know what the fuck they’re saying and it scares me but the way that it is being delivered. There is a strength in his voice in one sentence but in the next could have this, emotion-filled quiver in it. I’d love to know what it is he is citing, what are the actual words and the meaning.

Malcolm X, an American human rights activist, describes the sociological atmosphere he experienced at Hajj as follows,”There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world. They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans. But we were all participating in the same ritual…

It sounds better when Henry Rollins says it:


That’s right, all we need a Ramones Block Party to end all of our problems. I’d prefer to listen to the Ramones than to walk around in circles for days.