Monks receiving morning alms at dawn in Luang Prabang, the former capital of the Kingdom of Laos.
As early as 6 AM, hundreds of Buddhist monks and novices leave their wats and pour into the streets of the historic temple district to collect their morning alms. The colorful procession only lasts for an hour. By 7 AM, when all the alms bowls are filled, the monks disappear as quickly as they appeared.
According to Wikitravel, local merchants have used the eagerness of tourists to participate in a local tradition as a means of making easy money, and sometimes sell unsuitable, stale and even unsafe food. This has resulted in monks falling ill after having consumed the offerings, and resistance to continuing the tradition. However, the government has made it clear that the monks have to continue the tourist pageant or risk being replaced with lay people clothed in saffron robes in order to keep up appearances and thereby keep the tourist dollars rolling in.
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CLODO (35158) 2010-09-28 1:20
A perfect POV and decisive moment to have at the same time all the monks and the lady giving them alms. I appreciate also the blurred orange cloth at the left which closes well your shot.
Bartleby (13552) 2010-09-28 2:13
I remember attending this morning ceremony... I like how you used the opening in the line of monks to place the woman. I also like the monk on the left "closing" the shot, a bit less the other one that's not in line and touching the border of the frame. Still, this is well done.
- Copyright: Erdem Kutukoglu (Suppiluliuma) (3913)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-01
- Categories: Ceremony
- Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/50 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-28 0:55
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