Around the World in 80 Faiths is a BBC documentary series where Reverend Pete Owen Jones explores different beliefs of the world’s religions, unusual rituals, spiritual practices and pilgrimage rites. Day after day, all over the world, bizarre rituals happen as human civilizations’ effort to get inside the spiritual world. Pete Owen Jones gets into a year long quest of legendary proportions while he travels the globe to look into the stunning, peculiar and sometimes hazardous rituals practiced by few of Earth’s primary belief systems and tribes.
Even though the TV series doesn’t provide an detailed assessment of the different faiths, and therefore is a little trivial, it is interesting to discover the wide range of spiritual activities and faith customs. It is great to see a documentary like this, even though it comes with a few glitches, mainly because it signifies that we are gradually moving towards a acknowledgement that all of us are one family. Even though all of us have different views.
Anglican vicar Peter Owen-Jones has been given a year’s sabbatical to travel the world with a BBC crew to explore different faiths around the world at the beginning of the 21st century. Pete Owen Jones presents the definitive guide to faith on earth, with eighty rituals across six continents in the space of a year.
The big six world religions are only part of the story. Faith is belief in the sacred, and it is expressed in a rich diversity of rituals, in denominations, sects, cults, tribal faiths and new religious movements. Pete’s mission is to witness and take part in rites rarely filmed before, to take the religious pulse of the planet and to understand the depth of humanity’s fascination with the divine.
As an Anglican priest, Pete will be confronting cultures that will challenge his values and prejudices – he will be surprised, even offended, but also enlightened.