We often see the long queues of Buddhist monks with small bowls, waiting for the portions of rice from the people. I felt pity for them for unsufficent food. I was surprised when I saw this monk in Shwedagon with his lunch, it looked not so bad.
I read somewhere that Buddhist monks cannot sit near women or talk to them. So it was surprise to me that this monk not only had nothing against my taking photos but even invited me to share his meal. But of cours, i thanked and very politely refused.
Like in many world's religion, also in buddhism there is sexism. In many places I saw the sign: Ladies are not allowed to enter. Also the nuns have experienced harsh disciminations.
I hope you will find it interesting.
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photographer_sg (4412) 2014-03-20 2:14
strange that even today such sexism should exist in our religions. I never knew they existed in Buddhism which I thought was much more liberal. The photo is great of course with fine sharpness and details. The attractive backdrop provides good colour contrast. Thanks for sharing and have a nice day.
papagolf21 (93230) 2014-03-20 2:16
Bonjour, chère Malgo,
La note d'accompagnement est très intéressante à propos des moines et de la gent féminine. En effet, son repas semble satisfaisant et copieux !
Une très bonne réalisation.
kasianowak (7759) 2014-03-20 2:25
Urocza, po mistrzowsku skomponowana scenka. Bardzo dobrze uchwycilas aspekty kulturowe, szczegolnie sposob jedzenia. W Bhutanie zauwazylam wielu ludzi wstydzi sie tego jedzenia reka, bez uzycia sztuccow. Troche bylo to dla mnie smutne, ze narod, ktory tak doskonale zachowal swoje tradycje, bezkrytycznie uznaje wyzszosc zachodniej kultury.
Angshu (56740) 2014-03-20 3:29
This is quite interesting indeed...seems quite wide in 'scope'....all veg items? A nice picture of a monk having his lunch...very interesting indeed!
grebe1 (384) 2014-03-20 3:32
A great combination of light and colour! Thanks for sharing.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-20 5:14
a fascinating study this. So much to look at and full of amazing detail and colour. This is an original and quite wonderful piece of imagery. I really like it!
Sergiom (70678) 2014-03-20 5:32
Tu as su trouver le point de vue idéal pour prendre à la fois le moine et son repas. Il devait se sentir observé de très près. Cela semble très bon.
rychem (30395) 2014-03-20 8:26
Zdjecie na poprawe apetytu, taka dieta pozwala rzeczywiscie zachowac szczupla sylwetke, dobrze ujeta scenka, doskonale pokazane detale
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-20 9:19
molto bella questa tua foto che tenevi nascota nel tuo archivio immenso.
Bella sia nella composizione che sceglie un POV assai originale per riprendere un magnifico soggetto.
Straordinari i colori.
Ciao e buona serata
ikeharel (65269) 2014-03-20 9:23
Good evening malgo,
Looks this monk is well fed - i had in mind that monks in Far-east-Asia usually collect food-gifts and eat humble meals, but this guy is having a relatively rich ingridience lunch. Not in abundance though.
Nice taken while he ate - most people resent if pic. taken while they are dining. Beautiful background, lavish and vivid colors on photo,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-20 10:29
Hello Malgo - I have to admit that if this monk had asked me to join him for lunch I would have been sorely tempted! The food looks good. Strange too that he eats at mid-day, I thought that monks only ate once a day, early in the morning after collecting the alms.
Your excellent POV and composition provides us with plenty of detail and interest. Nicely done!
holmertz (47178) 2014-03-20 12:31
Some reactionary and discriminatory ideas thrive in all religions. Fundamentalists of the world, unite :-).
Anyway, this is a very interesting and appealing photo (hidden from us for more than two years :-)) with nicely contrasting colours and an original perspective from above and beside. A very good contribution in the spirit of TE.
ktanska (26359) 2014-03-20 13:39
It indeed looks a delicious meal with good variety. Colourful background goes well together with cloth of the monk. Excellent tight framing.
carlo62 (41323) 2014-03-20 16:00
ottimo pov, mi piace questa ripresa dall'alto, si vede il tutto da una prospettiva originale e soprattutto, si riesce a vedere anche quello che sta mangiando.
Belli i colori.
macjake (63232) 2014-03-20 16:13
I do find this interesting...it made me think...i don't recall seeing any photo of Monks eating! or at least in this manner as you mentioned.
I wonder what that writing says in the middle background?
a bit disappointing to hear about the sexism..i wonder if that will change as generations continue.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-20 17:27
Sad to see that discrimination based on sex seems to be a worldwide phenomenon - even so, I'm surprised to hear of it in Buddhism, which I've always thought to be a very open and egalitarian religion. Thanks for the pensive shot from a nice top down perspective of the monk and his colorful robe and surroundings, but also for the informative note.
jjcordier (79289) 2014-03-20 23:07
Intéressante scène très bien cadrée avec une belle harmonie de couleurs.
Fis2 (92215) 2014-03-21 2:41
Taka egzotyke to lubie ogladac.
Moze bedzie mi dane kiedys na zywo;)
Ciekawa scena o harakterystycznej kolorystyce.
Podoba mi sie.
Twoj ulubiony budynek z Mikulova dzisiaj :)
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-03-21 4:07
swietna fotografia z ciekawym, lekko wzniesionym punktem widzenia. Podoba mi sie kadr i w jaki sposob skomponowalas calosc. Sporo tu interesujacych detali, ktore mozna odkrywac krok po kroku. Mnie najbardziej zaskakuje jednak polaczenie tradycyjnych szczegolow z tymi bardziej nowoczesnymi, nawet jesli chodzi o samo jedzenie.
mcmtanyel (18157) 2014-03-21 20:34
Colorful and informative frame. It is interesting to see plastic bags and styrofoam containers at so ancient-looking a place.
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-03-21 23:22
Wow, as you say a splendid meal for a Buddhist Monk, and he invited you to partake, looks scrum my.
I like the pose and his thoughtfulness you have captured him in well done, Tfs,
everlasting (14734) 2014-03-22 1:22
a good birds eye view of his dinner Malgo. I would have gladly shared it, looks tasty
ChrisJ (107157) 2014-03-22 7:34
A good downward pov on the old monk in this superb daily life scene. Excellent sharpness and and interesting array of cuisine dishes. They look similar to Thai food with which I more familiar. Excellent colour, saturation and framing. Tfs!
Gigidusud (18791) 2014-03-23 17:02
Beautiful scene with nice détails and splendid colors. Great portrait and interesting note too!
Thanks for sharing.
COSTANTINO (61447) 2014-03-24 22:30
looking at this shot carefully I saw
this monk with his lunch it looked not so bad
may the time bring changes and some monks
are not waiting from the people their food
impressive shot indeed and as peopl say
in my country one shot is one thousand words
adores (42331) 2014-04-18 16:13
I guess I could spend days in this place without getting tired. Good daily scene! I like your pov to show him having his meal and also some details of the temple.