Photographer's Note

Taken at the Buddist temple of Swayambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple", in Kathmandu.

Prayer Flags: "Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown upward as offerings to their deities and will bring benefits to the one who hangs them, their neighbourhood, and all people throughout the world. Sets of five coloured flags should be put in the order: yellow, green, red, white, blue from left to right. The colours represent the five Buddha families and the five elements. Blue represents Akshobhya Buddha and space, white represents Ratna Sambhava Buddha and water, red represents Amitabha Buddha and fire, green represents Amoghasiddhi Buddha, air and wind, and yellow represents Vairocana Buddha and earth. Prayer flags can be traced back to the ancient "Bön" religion of Tibet where shamanistic Bonpo priests used primary colored plain flags in healing ceremonies. According to Eastern medicine, health and harmony are produced through the balance of the five elements." (excerpt from Wikipedia)

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  • Copyright: James McDowell (JMcDowell) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 1 N: 81] (655)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-07-23
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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  • Date Submitted: 2006-08-19 7:45
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