Thursday, August 25, 2011

Inflatable Sacred Space

Anyone who's been a member of a magical group knows that finding temple space can represent a serious challenge. Often you wind up stuck meeting in somebody's basement or garage, which leads to the problem of your group becoming too dependent on the one member who owns the space. That situation hardly ever ends well, and can produce some pretty serious douchebaggery. But Polish missionary priest Krzysztof Kowal has found a unique solution to the problem of providing a space for his Russian congregation to meet - an inflatable church!

Father Krzysztof, a Roman Catholic missionary from Poland, has had trouble gaining permission - and cash - to build a permanent place of worship in the Kamchatka peninsula - a 1,250-kilometre stretch located in far eastern Russia.

But long-time friend Robert Wojcik, who builds inflatable toys for children in Kolobrzeg, Poland, stepped in to help by offering to build a temporary church for the isolated congregation.

Money-raising efforts helped to pay for the alternative structure, which will remain open even in extreme conditions. During winter time, temperatures can drop to minus 40 degrees in the Kamchatka region.

There's no reason that an inflatable magical lodge couldn't be constructed along the same lines. You could build something custom with a bunch of Egyptian-looking features, or just go with one of the standard designs.

Now, there's still that whole issue of bouncing around during the circumambulations, but hey, that's what self-discipline is for - to keep everyone from laughing uncontrollably.

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Gordon said...

I. Want. One.

Scott Stenwick said...

They're not all that expensive, especially compared to a building. The distributor doesn't list a price for this model on the site but they have a bigger one with a slide that's only $500. The model shown is even big enough to do ritual in - 13 x 13 feet, which is about the size of the spare room that houses my personal temple.

Clem Can Cook said...

Hahahahaha. That's awesome.

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