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Worshipful Monk

By colin
Taken in Phuket at a monastary. Gold in the form of a thin leaf is an item valued for its purity as a religious offering and for its power to placate spirits and request favours. Postage-stamp-size booklets of gold leaves are always on sale along with incense, flowers and candles at temples and shrines for use as daily offerings.

One way for Thai Buddhists to show their respect for a person or concept is to make merit by affixing small squares of gold leaf onto images of Buddha or other sacred objects.

Tags: Phuket Monk Gold leaf Landscape and travel Portraits and people

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7 Apr 2010 9:50PM
great image ... looking through your PF really like it,


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colin 13 697 5 Scotland
7 Apr 2010 9:59PM
SusieH 13 67 England
7 Apr 2010 11:01PM
Great capture, lovely composition and lighting, made all the more interesting by the background info.


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