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This photo was taken right under the Potala Palace, China-Tibet. This old woman is mumbling the sacred Scriptures. Usually, pilgrims come from all over China-Tibet and traveling great lengths—an approximated distance from Los Angeles to San Francisco—without using any modern transportation such as cars, and trains. The buckets she carries are called “the spinning buckets of Scriptures”(转经桶), on whose surface the words from the Scriptures are imprinted. In order to be blessed by the Buddha upon arrival in Lhasa, Pilgrims are to walk around the Potala Palace and touch those buckets while mumbling the words of Scriptures. Note: This image won Honorable Mention in the Global Tides photo contest.


Student photography, travel, China, Tibet


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