Sunday, August 09, 2009

Monks

It's 6am and I've been up for the last hour - in Luang Prabang there
is a tradition of giving alms (sticky rice) to the monks as they make
their morning rounds. Silent processions from the various temples work
their way through the town, stopping at little corners with a few
ladies kneeling on the ground to hand them clumps of rice.

Much like the chanting yesterday, we were only told "be at this corner
around 530." out of the mornin haze the first group appeared a few
moments later. Again like the chanting, they do not mind the tourists,
however this is not done for us as a show. It is a living tradition
that has gone on for a long time, and will hopefully continue.

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