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Manchester University installs Pray-O-Mat prayer booth

Pray-O-Mat
The Pray-O-Mat features more than 300 recorded prayers

A multi-faith praying machine called the Pray-O-Mat has been installed at the University of Manchester.

The specially converted photo booth offers more than 300 pre-recorded prayers and incantations in 65 different languages via a touch screen.

The free-to-use machine, designed by German artist Oliver Sturm, is part of a three-year project on multi-faith spaces by the university.

Prayer choices include Aborigine devotional songs and Jewish chants.

The machine also features Our Father in German and English, and Buddhist and Islamic prayers among others.

A research team has visited almost 250 multi-faith spaces in the UK and abroad collecting prayers.

Project leader Ralf Brand, senior architecture lecturer, said: "Though the Pray-o-mat is a bit tongue-in-cheek, there is a serious message to what we're doing.

"Successful multi-faith spaces do not need to be flashy or expensive.

"In many places a small, clean and largely unadorned space can serve adequately."

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