24 November, 2020

Bavaria Diary

Homoeopathy is Germany’s Buddhism, destined to thrive only outside its place of origin.

Bavaria Diary
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Ayurvedic shrink

In Schliersee, a small town of 6,500 people located on the banks of the eponymous lake in Miesbach district of Bavaria, I was surprised to see an Ayurveda centre. I’d been expecting a centre for homoeopathy, an authentic German invention. Looks like homoeopathy is Germany’s Buddhism, destined to thrive only outside its place of origin. Besides a hotel in the sleepy town, some 53 km from Munich, the capital of the state of Bavaria, is a chakra resort run by the Karma Group. The spa there offered, among other therapies, a ‘Man’s Retreat’, promising to redeem whatever of your manhood you’ve lost to stressful urban life.

I struck up a casual conversation with a Bavarian lady in her mid-40s near a frozen lake in picturesque Spitzingsee, just a short drive up the Alps from Schliersee. When I told her I...

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