More little prayer tags - neatly arranged by Marjolein Katsma

Currently unavailable for purchase

Available to buy on…

More little prayer tags - neatly arranged by 

Share this page Photo © 2006 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2012 Marjolein Katsma

Tags for this photograph:
beijing, china, tanzhe si, tanzhe temple, tags, prayer, dedication, prayers, prayer tags, arranged, neat, buddhism, buddhist, temple, red, wall, inside

More little prayer tags in Tanzhe Si but whereas the others formed one big tangled mass on a fence, these are of a different design, with a little hole at the top, so they fit on these special hooks on the inside wall of a temple – all neat and tidy.

It seems they’ve been here for quite some time already, and if you look closely, the printed Chinese text at the top of them varies a bit – while the hand-written ‘dedications’ are all quite faded.

Camera: Fuji Finepix F30

Please note that ‘pinning’ of my work is NOT ALLOWED. If you do, you will be committing fraud and copyright infringement. See my full profile for more!

I have two passions: travel and photography – and these are often combined. Though even in my own city I often have a camera with me!

When I am not actually taking photographs or working on photographs, you may find me busy programming or otherwise working on my websites.

View Full Profile


  • Vitta
    Vittaover 2 years ago

    AMAZING WORK!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much for your great comment and the fave, Vitta!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 2 years ago

    Ah, another version / venue! As with you, the ribbons reminded me of prayer flags of Tibetan origin; thise remind me of tamas, of Greek Orthodox origin – the metal images shaped in different forms as offerings and prayers for a certain problem. Or just because.
    I have a very old collage of lucky money envelopes from Lunar New Year dinners, but this is another thing!

  • To me it was very striking how different the abundant tangled mass of tags on the fence was compared to the much more ‘sober’ careful arrangement of this set – yet I doubt there is any fundamental difference in purpose, and they share the basic layout of pre-printed text with an empty rectangle for a wish/prayer/dedication.
    I have meanwhile done some searching for [+ribbons buddhist temple] and came up with numerous connections and examples that suggest my ideas about these connections are not such wild ideas. Two other sites that also called them ‘prayer ribbons’ – either they just came up with the term, like I did, or maybe a guide used it. Most mentions of similar ribbons refer to them as red, so maybe my yellow ones are a bit special. Then there are the references to the ceremony of inaugurating a stupa, where people are connected to a ‘tree of life’ by colored ribbons, to imbue it with power. And so on… (If you have some time, try the search!)
    I have not researched ‘tags’ yet. Your mention of the Greek Orthodox ones is very interesting! I do not think they are essentially different from the ribbons, just a different shape. I should try translating some of the pre-printed texts (for both ribbons and tags).
    Many thanks for your interesting comment, Margot!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 2 years ago

    I like that – always had a thing for oriental culture and I know they like red out there – always so colourful. I have a red Chinese style lantern in my bedroom :o)

  • I just found a good page about Color in Chinese culture – not only does red symbolize good luck and happiness, it seems yellow has that meaning, too, but is also used in relation to imperial or royal thing, which might explain the yellow ribbons)! Also, both Chinese culture and Plains Indian (Sioux) culture attach colors to the four directions – although not the same ones.
    Thanks for your great comment, Vee!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • WildestArt
    WildestArtover 2 years ago

  • Wonderful, thank you so much for featuring this!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieover 2 years ago

    Nicely done!!

  • Thank you, Ethna!

    – Marjolein Katsma

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait