Photographer's Note

The Photo

Taken in front of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims, as Rome is for Catholics and La Mecca is for Muslims
The big square in from of the complex with the colorful flowers was the place they wanted to have a photo as a souvenir of having being there
I waited and waited to take a photo without them and realized there was always people waiting for a photo
So I decided to take a photo at the people being photographed

The legend of the place ( Goats)

The Jokhang Temple was built on the former site of a lake. According to the legend, the lake site was chosen after many failed attempts to build a temple in the region.
Prior to this, every time a temple was built, it would collapse.
Confused by this phenomenon, Princess Bhrikuti turned to Wen Cheng for help.
Being a learned woman, Wen Cheng told the Princess that the geography of Tibet was very much like a hag, with the lake at the heart.
In order to build the temple, Wen Cheng advised they must demolish the hag by filling and leveling the lake using 1,000 goats to carry soil from a mountain far away.
When the temple was done, it was called Ra-Sa-Vphrul-Snang ('ra' meaning goat and 'sa' meaning earth in Tibetan) to commemorate those goats.

Whether the legend is true or not, this temple brought Buddhism into Tibet and became an inseparable part of Tibetan history and culture.
The city of Ra-Sa grew around the temple and over time, become known as Lhasa, a holy land.

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Maria Ocampos (nikkitta) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2090 W: 17 N: 4178] (17068)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-06-08
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/4.5, 1/940 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-05-25 9:08
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