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Prohibition

By WhiteRose1  
At the southern end of Inle Lake, Burma, is the Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda. There are five statues fo Buddha here, each covered with layer upon layer of gold leaf which has been stuck on as a token of veneration, and so thick is this gilding that the statues are more like balls of gold than images of Buddha.

From September to October each year, an 18-day festival is held, during which four of the Buddha images are placed on a replica of a royal barge and taken throughout Inle Lake. One image always remains at the temple. The elaborately decorated barge is towed from village to village along the shores of the lake in clockwise fashion, and the four images reside at the main monastery in each village for the night.

Sometime in the 1960s during a particularly windy day, when the waves were high on the lake, the barge carrying the images capsized, and the images tumbled into the lake. It was said that they could not recover one image, but that when they went back to the monastery, the missing image was miraculously sitting in its place.

For such an enlightened religion no-one could tell me why women were not allowed to approach the Buddhas.

v2 is a closer view of the Buddhas. v3 the Pagoda/Temple itself, built on the lake.

Tags: Burma Pagoda Buddhism Landscape and travel Lake Inle

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Comments


CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
13 Jan 2013 7:50AM
A fascinating image, Dave, wonderful decorations, but how strange that women are prohibited from getting close to the buddhas. Carol

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nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
13 Jan 2013 7:55AM
Great info, images of wonderful clarity , light and colour. So well done, Dave! V3 is pure brilliance!
franken Plus
13 3.9k 4 Wales
13 Jan 2013 8:00AM
A fascinating set of images here Dave.

ken
platzy 3 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 8:02AM
Great set of images, V3 is a stunner.
zapar40 6 66 5 Wales
13 Jan 2013 8:07AM
gret shots, Dave.
ant.
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 8:14AM
Three beauties Dave love V3 for the colours and clouds.
Rob
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
13 Jan 2013 8:21AM
A great set of fascinating images.

Albert
13 Jan 2013 8:29AM
A great set, Dave, but i think i would have led with V3, it's an absolute belter.

Great work

Den
13 Jan 2013 8:55AM
I wonder how close a Woman has to get before She can read the sign? Smile
A very busy yet VERY interesting image in V1 Dave, love it. And V3 certainly has the WOW! factor.

John Smile
canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 9:02AM
A splendid set of images Dave and well captured. Great narrative. I really like V3 stunning
Jim
Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
13 Jan 2013 9:07AM
Three excellent photos Dave ! The rich colours , especially in V1 is amazing ! V3 is a stunning capture !!.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 39 Costa Rica
13 Jan 2013 9:09AM
How peculiar.. Thanks for the background information and your lighting is excellent
rontear Plus
13 8 7 England
13 Jan 2013 9:10AM
Excellent set Dave, an enlighting insight !! Beautiful Burma ( still in the dark ages regarding women )
Ron.
13 Jan 2013 9:33AM
Super set of images Dave, really like V3,
Fred.
woolybill1 Plus
9 22 67 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 9:39AM
V3 is tops in my book, too.
Regards
Bill
achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
13 Jan 2013 9:44AM
Great write up Dave! The reason for no Ladies is because they should be at home cooking and cleaning, excellent set and I agree that V3 should be the lead, it is stunning, makes me want to visit Burma even more.

Regards

Trev.
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
13 Jan 2013 9:49AM
Three excellent shots of the Pagoda, it's interior and the golden buddhas: the building itself is so well captured and so exotic in structure, and the interior is so richly and colourfully decorated, and quite at odds with the general poverty of the country itself, but a testimony to the importance of their religion in society.
Ronnie.
mrswoolybill Plus
9 927 1463 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 9:49AM
Three images that work together to give something bigger. V3 is superb, V2 is curious.
But I have just spent a merry half hour trawling the net for an explanation of V1, and cannot find anything! In some branches of Buddhism, women are viewed as unable to achieve full enlightenment, but Burmese Buddhism seems to be quite relaxed. I hope you can find an answer.
Moira
13 Jan 2013 9:54AM
Three excellent images, Dave and, of course, an interesting and educational description!

Richard
13 Jan 2013 10:31AM
Great set of images Dave, and well presented with a description.

Educational and inspirational.

Regards.

Gavin
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
13 Jan 2013 10:40AM
A trio of excellent and very interesting images. V3 is totally stunning.

Ann
lonely_oryx 8 61 54 England
13 Jan 2013 11:03AM
A beautiful and interesting set.
13 Jan 2013 11:06AM
3 fine captures David with V3 taking my main interest today a fine capture full of detail and colour good un

GrahamGrinGrinGrin
13 Jan 2013 11:11AM
Three very enlightening images Dave with a very colourful and beautiful V3.
Gary
13 Jan 2013 11:16AM
A rich image, Dave and thank you for explaining what the gold lumps are - I would never had guessed!

P.
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 11:21AM
Three images of the highest possible quality Dave. The colours almost seem unreal. Image number three is the icing on this great photographic cake, simply superb from all perspectives.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
13 Jan 2013 11:30AM
Wonderfully interesting series Dave. I'm intrigued by the prohibition too; as far as I know there's nothing in the Buddhist scriptures to warrant it.
V3 is particularly appealing!
Rende
Trev_B 9 148 68 England
13 Jan 2013 11:48AM
A colourful set Dave... V3 is the winner for me.

Trev
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 17 Singapore
13 Jan 2013 12:21PM

Quote:For such an enlightened religion no-one could tell me why women were not allowed to approach the Buddhas.


Well put, Dave.

And no kidding about the Buddhas looking more like balls of gold! Thanks for V2. They look like gold plated snowmen there, don't they??

Just read Rende's comment about the Buddlist scriptures. I reckon once again - like in other religions - the human interpretation of religion has blurred aspects of and superceded what the religion is actually about.

V3 is stunning!

Great upload and thanks for the write-up.

Andrew
netta1234 Plus
4 332 2 Wales
13 Jan 2013 12:30PM
Great info,Brilliant set of images,v3 is Beautiful 100%
NettaSmile
Irishkate Plus
5 33 97 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 12:38PM
Interesting narrative - like the story of the missing Buddha turning up!
V3 is obviously everybody's choice of a stunning image today but V1 And V2
tell us their story.
KateGrinGrinGrinGrin
rayme330 4 17 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 12:46PM
Simply superb in every respect Dave both pictorially and in the narrative.

Ray
13 Jan 2013 1:30PM
Such a remarkable place. These images sure capture one's attention. Lovely!......Sandy
nikshot 7 9 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 1:37PM
It's all about the GOLD Dave---- nearly as addictive as shoes and handbags. WinkWinkSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

Nick
CaroleS Plus
6 415 3 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 1:41PM
V3 is stunning - but the story behind V1 and V2 is fascinating and in V2 they do look like gold snowmen.
Carole
13 Jan 2013 2:05PM
This may be a ritual forbidding women. May be for gold craze.
almiles 6 38 102 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 2:17PM
An enlightening trio Wink but for me V3 is superb; so sharp and colourful, demonstrating the local architecture and compositionally excellent with the golden lead in across the water and the towering clouds framing the stupa.
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
13 Jan 2013 2:58PM
How very beautiful - a cracking set, Dave, and rather like V3 as my fave Wink
Trev Smile
Tibetan 4 3 England
13 Jan 2013 3:08PM
A wonderful and excellent set here Dave, yes to cover them in gold leaf is quite a common veneration of Lord Buddha, I was told the reason that women are not allowed by a Monk, but am told not to pass it on, but I did feel the reason to be an out dated one for today, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
13 Jan 2013 3:32PM
A fascinating set of images and info
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 3:48PM
Gosh that is marvellous Dave, and V3 is such an enviable scene to have seen..amazing
Lillian
Bob_V 8 1 2 United States
13 Jan 2013 4:03PM
What a fantastic set of images and a great narrative Dave.
Bob
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 5:23PM
That is will all those contries are like the are Dave.The tach of a woman's hand is all what the need.GrinGrinGrinGrin Love the colours and composition of V3 very much.
Elena SmileSmile
13 Jan 2013 6:17PM
Lol should we ladies be looking at this image. Lovely gold coloring Smile Smile Smile
marktc 5 85 14 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 7:25PM
V1 and 2 are interesting in their own right and fascinating when taken in context with the narrative, but v3 is just superb Dave, I may have to pop back to this later Wink
pamelajean Plus
10 958 1818 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 7:34PM
I find the shapes of the Buddhas to be fascinating.
Like several others, I think V3 is excellent.

I have read that women are not considered to be inferior to men, but "unclean" due to their natural monthly cycles, and that "although the monastery is open to all for veneration, only men are permitted to place gold leaf on the images".
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 33 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 7:55PM
Very colourful and certainly draws the eyeWink
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
13 Jan 2013 8:37PM
Magnificient details

Peter
pdcche 5 4 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 9:34PM
Great set Dave, prohibited women still stands in some countries then, lovely detail in V2, Peter..
UrbaneMagick 4 172 1 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 9:39PM
Love v3 Dave..what a place!

Gareth Smile
13 Jan 2013 9:42PM
A fascinating set, Dave. The statues have ended up being really peculiar. As others have said, V3 is quite special.
Cliff
Humblebee 4 1 England
13 Jan 2013 9:46PM
Three great images Dave, v3 for my vote ... Carol Grin
xwang 7 55 8
13 Jan 2013 9:49PM
Excellent set, Dave. Superb colour and clarity. Great work...what a place...
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
13 Jan 2013 11:06PM
Back to take another look and to offer my UA for this lovely trio, especially for V3 which is superb.

Ann
JimV 10 6 3 Canada
14 Jan 2013 4:26AM
Having read through all the above Dave, I think Ronnie, Moira and Pamela have, betwen them, pretty well covered it all, I know I certainly cannot add anything of worth, except to say how much I did enjoy viewing all three uploads.
Rgds., Jim
14 Jan 2013 12:25PM
They do not like ladies in Burma... Wink Great set, Dave!Smile
Regards Valery
14 Jan 2013 6:57PM
Excellent set of images top draw
mike
gajewski Plus
11 10 9 United States
14 Jan 2013 7:18PM
Yes, it is strange that women are forbidden to different degrees in many of the world's religions. How many worshipers do they think would exist without their mothers.
Anyway -- down off my soap box for now.
Very nice image here, Dave and thanks for including the very informative narrative.
-\=Walter
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 6:38AM
excellent travel photography, and i especially like v3. A place on my list to visit.
regards
Yung
Meheecho 3 275 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 9:00AM
Three cracking images V3 is amazing
Steve
15 Jan 2013 4:07PM
A fascinating set of images Dave, plenty of light and colours. V3 gets my vote

Effrossini
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
15 Jan 2013 9:09PM
Brilliant set Dave
I love V3 Dave it has a great lot going for it just my cup of tea for processing.
Would love to play around with that shadow. Good one.
Well done. WesternRed.
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2013 9:41AM
Fascinating. Thanks for the bril set and info. Yes banning women from approaching seems odd but so do other aspects of other religions like Hindu and Muslim with their attitude towards women. mmm. Paul
1881 4 India
17 Jan 2013 4:55PM
Superb fascinating image,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Grin

sanjeev
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
18 Jan 2013 11:06PM

Quote:Three images that work together to give something bigger. V3 is superb, V2 is curious.
But I have just spent a merry half hour trawling the net for an explanation of V1, and cannot find anything! In some branches of Buddhism, women are viewed as unable to achieve full enlightenment, but Burmese Buddhism seems to be quite relaxed. I hope you can find an answer.
Moira[/quote


I agree with Moira . Version 3 stands out so well . I love it .

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
22 Jan 2013 11:13PM
A fine set of images of which v3 is the stand out shot, you must upload that in its own right sometime
avacreates 4 448 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:24PM

Quote:Great write up Dave! The reason for no Ladies is because they should be at home cooking and cleaning, excellent set and I agree that V3 should be the lead, it is stunning, makes me want to visit Burma even more.

Regards

Trev.



LOL - made me giggle - you must live far far away from every woman on this site lol
avacreates 4 448 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2013 12:34PM
Love the images and the narrative. I think V3 for me is especially outstanding
My mum told me that in times past when the Burmese wanted to build a pagoda, the monks would request for people to help by giving them their gold. People would line up and throw their gold jewelry into a pit.
AVA Grin
LexEquine 10 19 United States
1 Feb 2013 6:40PM
'Superb Image Set' ~ LEx

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