Monday, August 24, 2009

The Jokhang

The Jokhang in Lhasa is the most revered religious structure in Tibet. Buddhist pilgrims walk around the structure in a clockwise direction carrying prayer beads and spinning prayer wheels. Inside there are dozens of chapels and hundreds of statues, including the most important shrine in Tibet, the chapel of Jowo Sakyamuni, which houses the image of Sakyamuni Buddha at the age of 12 years.



Thousands of pilgrims stand in lines for hours waiting to enter the chapels where they make offerings of Yak butter and paper money.



Cynthia and I stood in line for about half an hour watching people and taking some low quality video of circumambulating pilgrims (see slide show below). Then someone let us know that tourists were expected to move directly to the front of the line purchase an entry ticket and go on in (pilgrims standing in line didn't have to pay the entry fee). We were glad to move forward but also happy that we had the opportunity of people watching.



Slideshow is at:



http://www.flickr.com/photos/11790404@N02/sets/72157622128452590/show/





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