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Humanity Series: Temple Child

Cradled by the window frame of the ancient temple, sat the little girl. A unexpected contrast between old and new. Her family was nearby selling souvenirs but she had other plans for her day. She sat quietly and peacefully in the window in a timeless fashion that was […]

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Humanity Series: Don’t Mess With Me

Her mother was working nearby harvesting rice. Her little brother was also there watching carefully from a distance. I thought the determination on her face was precious. If we had spoken, I imagine she would have said something like “I may be just a little […]

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Humanity Series: Palm Reader

Some cultures have ladies with raven hair who gaze meaningfully into crystal balls. Some arrange and interpret tarot cards. Others read the patterns depicted in leftover tea leaves. Usually if you require the skills of such artists you must seek them out. In India it can be as simple […]

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The Red Door

Tibetans are not afraid of colour! You might think that this fabulous red door announces the portal to an ornate, multi story, structure. You’d be wrong. It’s a modest little house. A cottage by Western standards. Tibetans may not have wealth, nor even control of their own […]

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The Sea Monoliths

This is Hạ Long Bay, or Descending Dragon Bay in English. Legend says that the Gods sent a family of dragons to protect and assist the Vietnamese in defending their country. Magically, many rock mountains abruptly appeared on the sea causing the invading ships to strike the […]

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Let’s Go Fishing

If you’ve traveled to Southern India you will have seen these enormous, and quite wonderful, fishing nets. They’ve become a popular tourist attraction. They’re commonly called Chinese Fishing Nets (supposedly introduced by the Chinese, although some claim it was the Portuguese). More formally, they are Shore Operated […]

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Prayer Wheels

What you’re looking at are Tibetan prayer wheels in motion, and they are deliberately set in motion as people walk past them. The practice is to spin the wheels and recite a mantra. It’s an ancient religious and meditative practice. Prayer Wheels have been made for centuries in […]

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Lady in Pink Sari

I look up from the courtyard where I was sitting and there she was, walking left to right across the terrace above me.  A fabulous blaze of pink sari framed by equally fabulous architecture. Location: Udaipur, India

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Angkor Apsaras

Apsaras are beautiful, young, elegant, females. Masterful in in the art of dancing; they entertain and sometimes seduce men. Before you get too caught up in the possibilities, they’re also mythological:) According to Hindu legend the “elixir of immortality” was lost in the (mythological) Ocean of […]

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