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Luang Prabang, Laos: Monks in a procession to collect morning alms.
For Lao Buddhists, “making merit” is an important aspect of everyday life. Merit is accured to offset any sins one may have committed and to ensure that one’s next incarnation will be better than the present one.Giving alms to Buddhist monks is one way to make merit.
Every day at daybreak, Buddhists monks leave their monasteries to collect food offerings from laypeople. Sticky rice, a staple in Laos, is put in the monks’ bowls. Merit acquired by giving alms brings the giver good fortune in this life and the next.

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  • mmargot
    mmargotover 2 years ago

    Their bowls seem awfully large…more sins, perhaps ;-)
    Love this gang.

  • Thanks, mmargot. I think the bowls have a metal insert that fits in the top so they probably don’t fill up the entire bowl.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • moyo
    moyoover 2 years ago

    I LOVE this, Ethna.

  • Thanks!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Thanks for the favorite, too!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • Janone
    Janoneover 2 years ago

    Very nice capture, Ethna.
    Think the dog is in training ? lol

  • Thanks, Jan. You may be right!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • And thank you for the favorite!

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesover 2 years ago

    Interesting information and capture!

  • Thanks, Angie & for the favorite.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 2 years ago

    Wonderful shot, they do such great work xx

  • Thanks, Lynn.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • kaysharp
    kaysharpover 2 years ago

    Hi Ethna,
    Lovely shot, great colours….very interesting as well. I love the dog accompanying the monks on their daily procession.
    Best Wishes,

  • My apologies for this very, very late reply. Thank you, Kathy. Glad you like it.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • JodieT
    JodieTover 2 years ago

    Stunning shot Ethna – lovely angle and line of colour here. I am heading there myself in January. Do you mind if I BM you and ask a few questions soon? This image really makes to want to travel there Ethna, great work.

  • I’m looking forward to seeing your Laos photos after your trip.

    – Ethna Gillespie

  • withsun
    withsunover 2 years ago

    Great one !

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