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Handprints

On reaching the far end of the Pilgrims' Way, there is a black heat-sensitive wall on which visitors may leave a handprint. Each image represents a visitor's blessing for the Museum of World Religions.

Hands play an indispensable role in religious ritual. They are used to make gestures, to offer prayers and extend blessings, for healing of giving alms, or for touching the body as a blessing. In some traditions, the hands of god (or gods) created and rule the world, and it is with their hands that humankind reaches out towards their gods and the rest of the world.

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