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Rice Time

Posted by
grouser (Ludlow, United Kingdom) on 6 January 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

Just as dawn becomes apparent long rows of monks walk down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting offerings of rice from the residents and anyone else who wishes to participate in order to gain merit. The givers are seated so that they are lower than the monks as a mark of respect. In some cases the monks pass some of the rice surreptitiously to poor children who tag along on the other side of the line. The monks are supposed to own nothing but their robes and begging bowls, however I have seen some with mobile phones and digital cameras :)

NIKON COOLPIX S610 1/60 second F/2.9 ISO 400 34 mm (35mm equiv.)

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great shot, good info as well, nice one

6 Jan 2011 6:31am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Really good shot and info. Love the observation about the rice being handed to kids. I bet you the original "£Givers" actually quite like their offering being immediately re-distributed this way

6 Jan 2011 7:32am

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Super photo. Nice info too.

6 Jan 2011 7:51am

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Un rituel du don hautement symbolique!
Bonne journée lumineuse et chaleureuse!

6 Jan 2011 9:17am

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

Nicely spotted mate.I know that some monastries have schools attached to them where the children attending wear the same robes as the monks themselves.Maybe it was some of those kids you saw.

6 Jan 2011 9:20am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: No the kids getting the rice passed on to them were street kids. The young ones in robes joined the queue with the other monks.

Phil David Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Sitting there, they remind me of the women I have do my pedicures now, isn't that
so silly. Love your photograph with these bright colors, and wonderful haircuts of
unison. I suppose they would want some currency from you in their gathering pots?

6 Jan 2011 11:06am

@Phil David Morris: No rice is the thing, though I did see the occasional bag of crisps in some of the younger monk's bowls. Mrs. G gave one of them a tangerine and he looked really surprised:)

Habib from chennai, India

good framing

6 Jan 2011 11:57am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb angle - and great capture of that vibrant orange!

6 Jan 2011 12:04pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

BEautiful documentary photograph ! Very interesting !

6 Jan 2011 1:02pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great documentary shot, looks just like another way of paying for penance.

6 Jan 2011 2:28pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A superb capture of this traditional scene !

6 Jan 2011 3:25pm

don from spokane, Afghanistan

A very interesting custom and a fine picture showing us this activity in very rich color. I like this one a lot.

6 Jan 2011 3:48pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Great documentary shot! Nice colours and information...

6 Jan 2011 5:58pm

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Interesting shot. Did you happen to capture one with a camera or phone?

6 Jan 2011 6:47pm

@Andrea: Got several. I expect one will come up sooner or later:)

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

great shot & back story.

6 Jan 2011 7:25pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Incredible photography ... did not tell you anything? It's wonderful. The lunch in orange! Thanks you very much for your explanation! A hug, Adela

6 Jan 2011 8:58pm

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

What a wonderful documentary. I love your explanations to your images.

7 Jan 2011 4:36am

NIKON COOLPIX S610
1/60 second
F/2.9
ISO 400
34 mm (35mm equiv.)

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