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Taken at the Buddist temple of Swayambhunath, also known as the "Monkey Temple", in Kathmandu. I added some contrast, as well as film grain, to give the photo more depth and an "ancient" feel. These wheels were a bit high, about shoulder level, and you can clearly see where people have placed their hands over the years and the direction they usually walk (right to left, starting high and naturally getting lower) to spin the wheels.

A prayer wheel is a wheel on a spindle, and on the wheel are written or encapsulated prayers or mantras. According to the Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning such a wheel will have much the same effect as orally reciting the prayers. (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: Ceremony
  • Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-09-08 13:11
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