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All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
All-Seeing Eye image in Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
This All-Seeing Eye image framed in a triangle surrounded by sun rays and carved lotus blossoms is displayed in the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. The elaborate temple, located about 60 miles northwest of Ho Chi Minh City, was constructed between 1933 and 1955....
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Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
Bayon Temple tower wall with carved stone faces in profile at Angkor Thom
This view of Bayon Temple tower walls at Angkor Thom reveals two carved stone faces in profile. The one in foreground at left is covered with lichen and harder to discern from the surrounding stone walls. Such huge and serenely smiling faces are carved on...
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Bell and percussion during Buddhist prayer
Part of a ten-day vegetarian festival. These bells and a wooden percussion instrument are played by monks (as I recall) while worshipers wai, or pray at different stations. From my journal: On the way to Ani and Hans, a girl...
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Blessing at Tengboche Monastery
Blessing at Tengboche Monastery
Brightly colored banners hang on a wall behind the Rinpoche Lama in the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal. The Lama is seated with his legs crossed on a platform covered with a colorful cloth decorated with red and blue flowers. He is wearing the traditional dress...
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Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
Broken stone doorway at Ta Prohm site at Angkor
The massive left stone post of this doorway at Ta Prohm has broken and dropped to the ground. The top and right side of the stone door frame remain wedged in place, allowing people to pass through. Ta Prohm was built as a double-moated, royal monastery during...
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Buddhist festival ceremony, climbing the razor ladder
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear the announcer, and the general audience sounds. The drums play,...
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Buddhist festival ceremony, firework finale
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear the sound of firecrackers exploding, followed by recorded music....
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Buddhist festival ceremony, fundraising
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear an announcer's voice through a megaphone, and he is presumably...
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Buddhist festival ceremony, interacting with audience
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is a recording of an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. Men at the event are considered to be in "trance," or occupied by the spirits...
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Buddhist festival ceremony, percussion for climbing ladder
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear the musical percussion that accompanied the night's performance,...
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Buddhist festival ceremony, raising funds
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is a recording of an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. Men at the event are considered to be in "trance," or occupied by the spirits...
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Buddhist festival explanation
Part of a ten day Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. Here, we can hear Hans, who is originally from the Netherlands, explaining the sights we are viewing in a local temple. At the beginning, we are looking at something which portrays an recurring theme...
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Buddhist festival firecracker ceremony
Part of a ten day vegetarian festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening event held at the temple that acts as a fundraiser and opportunity for people to get together. The final event of the evening is when several bamboo poles of firecrackers are detonated....
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Buddhist festival music and fireworks
Part of a ten day vegetarian festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening event held at the temple that acts as a fundraiser and opportunity for people to get together. At the beginning of this recording, you can hear Hans from Netherlands explaining what...
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Buddhist fortune sticks
In a room at a Buddhist temple in Nakhon si Thammarat, people stop to receive a fortune. To do this, they use fortune sticks. Several bamboo sticks with words printed onto the stick are put into one canister. People shake the canister until one stick falls...
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Buddhist monks on Marble Mountain
A visitor to Marble Mountain, near DaNang, might appreciate the serene atmosphere, the intriguing caves filled with Buddhist carvings, and a view of the city below. Buddhist monks live inside a temple at the base of the mountain. You can hear the Buddhist...
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Buddhist prayer and percussion
Part of a ten-day vegetarian festival. The monks initiate this meditation, or prayer, while making percussion noises. Worshipers join in. From my journal: On the way to Ani and Hans, a girl comes out and wants to take me to the temple. This is...
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Buddhist prayer inside temple
Buddhist monks recite a traditional prayer inside a temple in Nakhon si Thammarat. This form of Buddhism is the more common form, found throughout the country, and that is influnced by India. The language is Pali. From my journal: Kept waking up...
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Buddhist prayer to monks for blessing
This prayer was recorded in Trang, Thailand, a small town near the southeastern coast. The people of the town were gathered together to honor the monks in the town by giving them rice and other food. When food is given, a special prayer is said. This part...
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Buddhist prayer while approaching temple
Buddhist monks recite a traditional prayer inside a temple in Nakhon si Thammarat. This form of Buddhism is the more common form, found throughout the country, and that is influenced by India. The language is Pali. From my journal: Kept waking...
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