That's just silly: worshipping a statue their own hands built of a man who never claimed to be divine or asked to be worshipped.
@M. Borat They aren't worshipping a statue; they're giving reverence to something that the statue and the man it represents symbolize. Ask a Buddhist if Buddha is a god and first they'll stare at you; then they'll probably laugh.
Considering the style, that statue was built long, long ago and not recently by the monks there; and it was very probably done as an act of joy and respect. If you consider that silly, then that's your problem and not theirs (or mine.)
@Suzanne Barnes @M. Borat If that is so, why do they make offerings to these statues and why do they need such an inaccurate representation of someone to focus their reverence upon? Anyway, if they claim to revere Buddha then they should follow his path as he taught, and i'm pretty sure he never mentioned 'revering' statues as one such practice.
@M. Borat.-There is no doubt that much people believe that Buddha has a divine origin, so they make offerings, pray and ask favors. And that means they believe that Buddha is in heaven and hear the prayers and petitions.
I love the composition of this photo. In photography i learned about great lightig and this defines that
A very striking image. As I view this image and seeing the different light temperature qualities.....can you foresee what this would look like if Transparency Film (slide film) would have been used? The only film used prior to digital.
Shafts of light, candle glow and perspective have all been used to great effect here. A lovely symbol of the tiny human spark ignited from the divine source.
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