Photographer's Note

At the Bodhi Tree temple: According to the locals, the Sri Maha Bodhi in Sri Lanka was planted in 288 BC, making it the oldest verified specimen of any angiosperm…!!!???

The ceremony we were shooting started at 6 am… (before sunrise!!! Actually we were riding recklessly our bicycles in complete darkness).

A popular ritual connected with the Bodhi-tree is the lighting of coconut-oil lamps as an offering (pahan-puja), especially to avert the evil influence of inauspicious planetary conjunctions. When a person passes through a troublesome period in life he may get his horoscope read by an astrologer in order to discover whether he is under bad planetary influences. If so, one of the recommendations would invariably be a bodhi-puja, one important item of which would be the lighting of a specific number of coconut-oil lamps around a Bodhi-tree in a temple.

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  • Copyright: Ramon Gonzalez (MonchoX) (42)
  • Genre: People
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  • Date Taken: 2012-01-22
  • Categories: Ceremony
  • Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2012-10-29 6:55
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