Quo Vadis ?

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Taken at an Ayurvedic resort in Bangalore called Ayurgram (Ayurvedic Village)

Quo vadis? is a Latin phrase meaning “Where are you going?” or “Whither goest thou?”

The modern usage of the phrase refers to a Christian tradition regarding Saint Peter. According to the apocryphal Acts of Peter (Vercelli Acts XXXV[1]), Peter is fleeing from likely crucifixion in Rome at the hands of the government, and along the road outside the city he meets a risen Jesus. Peter asks Jesus “Quo vadis?“, to which He replies, “Romam vado iterum crucifigi.” (“I am going to Rome to be crucified again”). Peter thereby gains the courage to continue his ministry and returns to the city, to eventually be martyred by being crucified upside-down.

The phrase also occurs a few times in the Vulgate translation of the Bible, notably in John 13:36 when Peter asks Jesus the same question, to which he responds, “Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me.” – courtesy Wikipedia

For  more entries click ABC Wednesday (Q for Question), Wordless Wednesday

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Meryl Jaffe says:

    I never knew that! Sweet “Q” post. Have a great week.

  2. Luna Miranda says:

    i’ve been wondering what “quo vadis” means for quite awhile—i clearly remember reading an article in high school entitled “Quo Vadis James Taylor?”.:p now i know…great post!

  3. Carver says:

    Great idea for Q this week. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

  4. Roger Green says:

    Very informative. And where ARE we going in such a hurry…
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  5. Emille says:

    Love your shot -as sober and weighty as the question Quo vadis at one time was!

  6. lesliebc says:

    Wow! I’d heard that phrase before but was too lazy to check it out. Now I know! Fascinating.

    Leslie
    abcw team

  7. photowannabe says:

    Very interesting use of the letter Q. I remember the movie Quo Vadis from many years ago.

  8. ChrisJ says:

    Oh a great post. I remember seeing the movie many years ago. It was during the time when great movies were made!

  9. md says:

    Great caption for the photograph! .. creative indeed.

  10. New spanish phrase I learned today!

    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      actually thats Latin

  11. fun photo. I have a similar one with a canoe on our lawn. Only my husband and brother in law are sitting in it, giggle Hugs!

  12. Gattina says:

    The hic is that at that time Peter probably spoke hebrew, as the Romans came later, lol ! It proves that the bible was translated from hebrew into latin and then into hundreds of other languages.

    1. Pheno Menon says:

      Hebrew o could be Aramaic too

  13. natalie says:

    this is a great ! post very informative!

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