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Seeing the never-ending single line of deep orange robes parading in a steady flow through the dull greyish misty morning hue, is mesmerising indeed....


This peaceful daily ritual of alm collection in Luang Prabang is an old religious tradition of Theravada Buddhism - a practice since ancient times and is one of the most sacred events. Alms giving involves local people preparing food and making offerings to the monks, which is usually done at the break of dawn when monks leave their monasteries and begin their rounds. Laypeople wait for the bare footed monks to approach them with their alms bowl, and once food has been placed inside the bowl, the monk will place the lid on top of his alms bowl and carry on his round. Most common offerings include sticky rice, fresh fruit or traditional sweet snacks. By about 0800 am the monks are back to their monastery.


Setting: 70 mm, 1/15 sec, F4.5, ISO Raw 200, 0656 hrs.

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