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CMN: Martin Gray on Sacred Sites (June 2006)
Martin Gray is an anthropologist and photographer specializing in the study of sacred sites and pilgrimage traditions around the world. Traveling as a pilgrim, Martin has spent more than twenty years visiting and photographing over 1,000 sacred sites in 120 countries. In this interview he talks about his background and education, and his passionate desire to introduce sacred sites to a wider global audience.
The son of world traveling parents, keenly interested in art and archaeology, Martin spent several of his youthful years living in foreign destinations such as Germany and India. In his early twenties, he returned to Asia and began a decades-long study of the mythology and archaeology of Hinduism and Buddhism. Later, combining his scholarly studies, photographic skill and spiritual yearning, he set out to travel the world as a traditional pilgrim. Martin’s photographs have been used by National Geographic, UNESCO, WWF, and are featured in hundreds of magazines, books and web sites around the world.