Dead monk

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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I was visiting a temple in Taunggyi, the capital of the Shan State in Burma, when I noticed a monk sitting inside a sealed glass case. As a photographer, I was intrigued and asked if I could take a shot of this extraordinary sight. Before I could protest, another monk quickly lifted the bottomless case up to reveal the still unmoving monk, who appeared to be in deep meditation. I had to get really close before I realised he was wax…I have since seen a few other revered Shan abbots who continue to look over their devotees long after they have passed away. Nikon FM2, kodachrome slide film.

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