Ben Kanagy embraces cultural immersion in India and South Africa

South Africa

Ben Kanagy, concluding his semester at Kansas State University, is about to embark on an eventful break. He will begin with an eight-day cultural exploration in Kolkata, India, alongside fellow K-State students. This informal trip involves visits to temples, cultural ceremonies, and the anticipation of experiencing a traditional goat sacrifice, a highlight for Ben.

His curiosity about Hinduism, sparked during a World Religions course, drives his interest in firsthand cultural experiences. He aims to bridge classroom learning with real-world encounters, especially after immersing himself in the Bhagavad Gita. “This semester in my World Religions class I learned about Hinduism and even read the Gitas, but now I get to actually meet people and share in their way of life. We’re going to get to go to temples and ceremonies,” Ben states.

Following his Indian sojourn, Ben will head to Johannesburg, South Africa, for a two-week reunion with his older brother, marking their first meeting since his brother relocated there to work at a local university.

Throughout his travels, Ben plans to share updates and insights upon his return, offering glimpses into his cultural explorations across these diverse destinations.