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#3 of the portraits/people from my trip to Malacca, Malaysia.

This woman was sitting outside a small Buddhist temple. I'm not sure what she was doing there, because she seemed like she had no agenda but to sit there and watch the busy traffic and polluted air from soot.

Buddhism (also known as Buddha Dharma (Pali: धमा Dhamma), "the teachings of the awakened one") is a dharmic, non-theistic religion, a way of life, a practical philosophy, and arguably a form of psychology. Buddhism focuses on the teachings of Gautama Buddha (Pali: Gotama Buddha), who was born in Kapilavastu in what is now Nepal, with the name Siddhārtha Gautama (Pāli: Siddhattha Gotama) around the fifth century BCE[1]. Buddhism spread throughout the Indian subcontinent in the five centuries following the Buddha's passing, and propagated into Central, Southeast, and East Asia over the next two millennia.

Like images of the dragon, carved lions can be seen almost everywhere in China. The most famous carved lions are the pair that guard Tianí anmen, the main entrance of the Forbidden City. Several meters tall, these marble lions have been poised imposingly on the stone plinths for more than 500 years.

Chinese lions do not just guard gates. Bridges often feature lion sculptures, by the way. In China, the lion is regarded as the king of the forests and of the other animals. It has thus long been used as a symbol of power and grandeur. It is even believed to offer protection from evil spinits. Thatís why imposing statues of lions were placed at the gates of imperial palaces, official residences, temples and tombs. Incense burners and imperial seals were also often decorated with carved lions.


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