Wednesday, 22 July 2015 02:46

Ritual music

This religious festival (Taoism) starts in the morning and continues until night. The procession moves from temple to temple and there are many cars and vans like this, where small bands, composed mostly by women and children, rhythmically playing music for the ritual.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 02:41

The Bow

Here it's shown an important gesture of this ceremony. The shirtless man you see is the priest of the temple, and every group or person who came, had to obtain his blessing and respect by a bow. This was an important step of the ceremony that has been repeated throughout the entire duration of the procession.

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 02:02

Rituals in group

Another key part of the ceremony: several groups of men, after carrying on their shoulders these types of small shrines, once there in front of the temple, incited by the screams of the audience and accompanied by the constant music (and blessed by the customary bow of the "priest"), they performed one at a time in this exhausting ritual.

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Sunday, 19 July 2015 17:51

Ancient traditions

Morning march of the monks in Luang Prabang. A tour through the streets of the city seeking offers. Starting at 5.45 in the morning, sunshine or rain it makes no difference. An old tradition that endures over time.

Published in The Monk way
Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:04

Explosive dance

Religious festival (Taoism) in a small village in the south of Taiwan. This man, wearing a mask for protection, was performing a kind of special dance through the many explosions of the firecrackers on the ground. Surely an impressive ritual.

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Friday, 17 July 2015 19:30

Ranguli Street

These symbols you see are called Ranguli. They are connected to the Hindu belief and every early morning are drawn with white chalk (or colored) in front of the front door. They are used as a daily good luck...

Published in India
Friday, 17 July 2015 18:53

The Chosen one

In the Indian culture and tradition, rituals are almost daily. Being mostly connected to the Hindu religion, there is always a different God to venerate or thank. These noisy and colorful rituals are always celebrated with great participation... drums and flowers are always protagonists.

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Thursday, 16 July 2015 02:58

Holi Fire

The Holi is an Hindu festival celebrated annually to wish an happy and prosperous year. The celebrations usually last a day (some cities' like Pushkar up to a week). The night before the festival are burned some fires in the streets of the cities' where during the day the women bring necklaces made of cow dung and men instead a trunk to be placed in the middle.

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