Other Worlds

L. P. Hartley wrote that “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” The photo below, taken roughly a century ago in Persia, of a Nestorian bishop and his secretary and servants, is so different from what most Christians in the English speaking world could ever imagine a bishop and his entourage looking like, that I think it helps make the point.

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  • Peter Kirk

    I’m not sure they are that different from my memory of Church of England bishops and their entourages at major cathedral events, except that these Persians are more up to date in arming their bodyguards with rifles rather than churchwardens’ staffs.