Praying at dusk

Sun 4th September 2011

We were treated to a rare sight, Monks chanting and saying their evening prayers. They pray twice a day, once when they wake at 4.30am and once in the evening.

Matt

Matt says...

We had to be very quiet as to not disturb the Monks while they were chanting. Luckily my camera has a quiet shutter setting so I don’t think they knew I was there taking the photo.

 
Claire

Claire says...

The atmosphere inside the temple was still, as if waiting until the Monks were finished praying.

 

Monking around

Sun 4th September 2011

This morning, after an early rise, we walked into the town to watch the Monks’ offering. Every day local people line the streets to offer rice to the Monks as a gesture of good fortune.

Matt

Matt says...

The Monks travel around in little Monk-packs and they approach you from all directions. One rule is you don’t pass between the Monks on their precession, so I just stood still and let the Monks walk past me.

 
Claire

Claire says...

The Monk is higher than all people, so when you make an offer you have to sit below the Monk and hand him the rice. I didn’t realise there were so many rituals involved in the Bhuddist culture.

 

Sabaidee local Monk!

Tue 30th August 2011

The people in Laos are extremely friendly, much more so than Vietnam. This Monk was very interested in where we were all from, he was happy and smiley.

Matt

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Claire

Claire says...

Sabaidee means ‘hello’ in Laos. Our tour guide told us we would love Laos people, but we didn’t realise quite how much we’d got used to the hostile Vietnamise. This is going to be a fun week!

 

Say hello to my little friend

Tue 9th August 2011

One of the monks beckoned us closer to give Matt this mini Buddha. We weren’t sure what it meant at first, until the other monk revealed it signified that we were now allowed to give him some coins (if we so wished).

Matt

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Claire

Claire says...

We scrambled in our purse for some coins and handed over a few, much to their delight (must have been more than they were expecting). I love how random this encounter was and now we have a little charm to remember it by.

 

Just chillin’, being Buddhist

Tue 9th August 2011

We ventured into a tranquil park to have a wander and take a break from the hectic traffic. Here we spotted two monks having an afternoon natter. We asked if they minded us taking their photo, sparking an interesting conversation.

Matt

Matt says...

I always assumed Buddhist monks would be behind the times, Buddhism being such an ancient religion and all. If you look closely you can see a can of Diet Coke next to one and the other is reading today’s paper.

 
Claire

Claire says...

These monks were very friendly. One spoke pigeon English, but he was very patient with our questions. They seemed pleased we were taking an interest.

 
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