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Gatherings, Protests, and Celebrations

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2011 by stevemccurry

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts …
- William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”

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Young Monks at Tashi Lhunpr, Xigaze, Tibet

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New York City, USA

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Croatia

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Via Condotti, Rome, Italy

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Mumbai/Bombay, India

LEBANON-10067, Lebanon, Druze Elders, 03/1982

Druze elders, Lebanon

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Debating Monks at Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India

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One of Mumbai’s laughing clubs, India

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Peshawar, Pakistan

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Kashmir

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Shia Mosque, Kabul, Afghanistan

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Rajasthan, India

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Monsoon Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

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Kumbh Mela Festival, India

It is wonderful, the power of a faith like that, that can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining.
- Mark Twain

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Temporary pontoon bridges across the Ganges River help to facilitate movement of some of the thirty million Hindu devotees who will take part in the Kumbh Mela Festival, Allahabad, India.

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Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

Thrissur Pooram is the most extravagent and colorful festival in Kerala.  Attended by tens of thousands of devotees, the festivities include dozens of caparisoned elephants.  These Indian elephants are loved, revered, groomed, and given a prestigious place in the state’s culture.

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Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

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Ganesh Chaturthi festival, Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai, India

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Yangon, Burma/Myanmar during the Thingyan Festival

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Jokhang Palace, Lhasa, Tibet

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These young Wadabi men are taking part in the Garawal, an annual marriage ritual performed by the tribe. In this event, dramatic make-up is applied to the faces of the men, who dance and make exaggerated expressions in an attempt to attract new brides.

A Matter of Faith

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2011 by stevemccurry

AFGHN-12236NF3 Girl praying at a mosque, Kabul,  Afghanistan

 

 I have seen many manifestations of  faith during my travels over the past three decades.  Some have been spontaneous, some have been part of a liturgy, some have been prescribed rituals, some have been in magnificent buildings, others have been outside under a tree.   Some people’s faith is embedded in the way they live their lives.

 

 

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“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, so the soul needs the matchless and pure strength of faith.”   Mohandas Gandhi

PAKISTAN-10079Prayers and teaching, Peshawar, Pakistan

 

 

 

INDIA-10201 Sikh holiest site, Golden Temple,  Amritsar, India

 

 

 

 

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YEMEN-10102 Religious Instruction – Jewish child  in Yemen

 

 

 

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“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.  To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”   

- St. Thomas Aquinas

 

 

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INDIA-10202Thrissur Pooram, Kerala, India

 

  “Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark.”

    - Rabindranath Tagore

 

                                                                       

INDIA-10299Tibetan Prayer Festival in Bodh Gaya, India

 

 

TIBET-10029Pilgrim praying with monks at the Buddhist Academy of Larung Gar, Kham Province, Tibet

 

“What is Faith?  When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer.”

- Prophet Muhammad

 

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Nature’s Great Masterpiece

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by stevemccurry

The relationship between elephants and people goes back millennia. Elephants have been an integral part of history, religion, art,  and culture in many parts of Asia.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

“Th’ unwieldy elephant, To make them mirth, us’d all his might, and wreathed. His lithe proboscis.”
-John Milton, Paradise Lost

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

 

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Kerala, India

 

Elephants have been important in both Hinduism and Buddhism. Ganesh, the Hindu elephant God, is worshipped as the lord of success, education,  knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

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Mumbai, India

 

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Angkor Thom, Cambodia

 

John Kistler’s book, War Elephants,  pointed out that for over a thousand years, generals used elephants as tanks, bulldozers, and cargo trucks long before such vehicles existed. Elephants built roads, swung swords, and terrified opposing forces.

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Burma/Myanmar

 

BURMA-10221NF, Myanmar (Burma), 07/1994

Burma/Myanmar

 

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Sri Lanka

 

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Sri Lanka

 

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Sri Lanka

 

Aristotle called the elephant  “the beast which passeth all others in wit and mind.”

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India

 

“Nature’s great masterpiece, an elephant – the only harmless great thing.”

-John Donne (English poet, 1572-1631)

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Calcutta, India

 

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Varanasi, India

 

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