Sunday, January 26, 2014

Carpe Diem #383, Khabarovsk

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Again my excuses for the delay of this post, but I really hadn't time enough to write this episode of our Carpe Diem Journey straight through the Soviet Union.
We are almost at the last station of our trip, Vladivostok, today we arrive at Khabarovsk and finally Hilal will discover her common history with Paulo. Let me first tell you a little bit more about Khabarovsk.
Khabarovsk is a big city with more than half a million citizens located in the near China-border. It's an old city and was after the second world war the main city were the World War II trials took place.
So here we can see a relation with the story of Paulo and Hilal. Didn't they met at a heresy trial, the Inquisition? So this city is related to 'Aleph'.

Khabarovsk Cathedral

As Paulo returns from his experience with the Siberian shaman he goes back to his hotel. There Hilal enters his room in a very angry mood. She has discovered, with help of the shaman women, that she once loved Paulo and that he has left her alone at the moment she most needed him. She has given her life for him because she loved him, she gave her life to save him, being burnt on a pyre because she, as the Church thought, was a witch a devotee to the Devil.

It's a wonderful story which Paulo shared in 'Aleph' and we have travelled with him through his novel, through is life and his search for himself. We are almost at the end of this Trans Siberian Railroad trip and we have traveled 9300 km by train, but we also went back to a sad/bad period in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, the Inquisition. It's said that the Roman Church still has this kind of business, but if that's true? I don't know.

blindfold falls down
finally she sees the pyre -
cry of an eagle

(c) Chèvrefeuille

With this haiku I have tried to intwine the experiences of Paulo and Hilal as they both were part in a Siberian Shaman ritual.

This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will stay open until January 28th 11.59 AM (CET). I will publish our next episode, Vladivostok, right after this one. Have fun, be inspired and share your haiku with us. (I am still behind with commenting, I am sorry).


  1. To get close to end... a little sadness but still a sense of relief.. It's been a lot of work...

  2. And your haiku works very well....

  3. Very interesting about the witches and the trials in Khabarovsk. The haiku has been fascinating - and one feels the eagle is flying far overhead now, and each of us hears its cry. The Tengriism symbol is the bird that resembles an eagle of course, so I am fascinated by these haiku!

  4. I am running late ... didn't realise that you had already posted three posts when I looked one hour ago. Hope I can catch up before the submission link is closed.