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wong tai sin hong kong

where the west meets the east

I paid a visit to a well-known traditional temple where many worshippers gathered.
Found a foreign tourist lighting joss sticks and making a wish, just like the locals.
Joss sticks are basically slender sticks of incense burned for religious purpose,
mostly by the Chinese. They are usually burnt during spiritual rites and for prayers
as a form of communication to the heaven (or to the "non-human" world depending on the intent).
I was not sure if the lady understood the meaning and significance.
But its certainly interesting to see someone from another part of this world,
whos willing to experience a different culture and belief.

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Phil Douglis25-Jul-2006 00:45
I salute you for this image, Al -- you measure an act of faith here in simple, abstract terms. It is every bit as evocative as my similar image that I think Roberto must be referring to below: -- they could be father and daughter!
Guest 10-Jul-2006 13:58
Very beautiful image!
Guest 20-Jun-2006 21:47
love this shot,excellent.the smoke and the sticks bright colours agaist that background stands out superbly.well seen AL.
Kathy Pedersen20-Jun-2006 12:48
Although she may not have had understood the culture, it is so nice to see others who worship and are open to other cultures. Wonderful peaceful image. Vote
Guest 16-Jun-2006 21:01
I too think it's wonderful when someone from a different part of the world is open-minded and willing to experience a different culture and belief.
Beautiful Dof and pov.
Guest 16-Jun-2006 11:34
even without seeing here eyes - there is a sense of her expectation and gaze...
Guest 16-Jun-2006 11:19
Another wonderful story telling image Ai li. great shot. love the subtle smoke. V
Chris Sofopoulos16-Jun-2006 08:58
Love the image and framing. For sure it tells a story!
A big vote
Guest 16-Jun-2006 06:03
Such delicate details... beautiful. GMV
Craig Persel15-Jun-2006 23:12
Great shot.
Doug Kessler15-Jun-2006 22:44
Lovely perspective! V
Guenter Eh15-Jun-2006 20:52
Different cultures - one world! We all should open our hearts and minds! You captured it so well Ai Li!
Rob Rosetti15-Jun-2006 18:19
It can be defined a Phil Douglis style image, It tells a story! Beautiful! V Roberto
Guest 15-Jun-2006 17:27
Nice image, love the dof, mood & composition.
Guest 15-Jun-2006 17:06
i like it.... the smoke brings incense smell to mind.
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