Wednesday, June 2, 2010

On an epic scale

Lingyin Temple

The main worship hall of LingYin Temple. Very epic in scale extremely intimidating once you're inside, as you will see soon - the statues are enormous, looming over worshippers as if radiating a fearsome energy. I love the flair of the architecture...the roof corners that curl up, the high walls, the intricately carved circular motifs. Notice the red candles set up in front? They are meant to replace the sticks of incense normally used in Buddhist worship. Burning incense is the proper method, as you need the smoke for your prayer to reach heaven - however, it also presents a fire risk, this being a mostly wooden structure. And how can they afford to have such a prime tourist attraction to be endangered by something as silly as a stick of incense?


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