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The gentleman from the previous post turned out to be quite friendly and, like everyone we met, seemed genuinely puzzled why anyone would be interested in him. Here he is with his Mani wheel, the hand held version of the prayer wheel, working on some extra credit. A small weight is attached to the Mani with a short chain. A slight rotation of the wrist will rotate the wheel sending prayers heavenward for as long as the devoteeā€™s stamina holds out.
February 11, 2013
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Feb 12, 2013 12:00:42 am
I love this shot and the information you provide. What's even more amazing is that there are places in the world in which religion is something other than the shrill bashing of other people! I rather like this image for numerous reasons, the most overt of which is the raw humanity in it. I love the colors and the gentleman's slightly bemused expression. This is brilliant work.

by Chipka Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 12:39:38 am
A marvellous portrait! Chip is right, he does look bemused at your attention.
The pose is justperfect and together with the background makes a timeless photo. Wonderful!

by durleybeachbum Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 1:44:38 am
My thought to this would be to pull out a sketchpad and charcoal. His face is fascinating and begs to be drawn. Wonderful capture

by wolfenshire Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 2:47:24 am
I agree with Chipka. You don't see the people of Tibet slaughtering people in the name of religion... what does that tell you about the rest?

by ZanderXL Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 2:53:40 am
A very interesting photo, prominently showing how his way of living is so different from mine.

by whaleman Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 4:30:25 am
A wonderful portrait of a humanly generous man...
The faith can move mountains .... they say.

by JuliSonne Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 8:00:37 am
Fantastic and serene capture

by Faemike55 Online Now!   Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 10:01:52 am
He seems happy to pose for you - great capture of him Mark!

by rockstrider Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 10:07:30 am
a wonderful pose, but who stole the middle of his mustache

by alanwilliams Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 10:15:45 am
Outstanding portrait of this man!! I see the wisdom of age in this man eyes!

by bobrgallegos Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 4:57:27 pm
amazing capture - great face, perfect moment

by mystmaiden Homepage »

Feb 12, 2013 6:02:25 pm

by sandra46 Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 10:40:17 pm
He seems a very nice man! I love the wheel,and traditional clothes....including the jogging pants:)

by netot Homepage »

Feb 14, 2013 10:44:53 pm
great photo and story behind it

by vaggabondd Homepage »

Feb 15, 2013 9:40:04 pm
It just goes to show and prove my thoughts - that you don't have to belong or go to a church to pray - you can do that anywhere, as long as you believe somebody is listening - or be in tune with your surrounds and he seems to be ...
what a marvellous image, very Zen - und so menschlich!

by blondeblurr Homepage »

Feb 16, 2013 9:14:52 am
Priceless portrait shot of him. Well done. Aloha

by sharky_ Homepage »

Dec 28, 2013 2:52:34 am
love chip's remarks, and andrea's follow up. And the others too. At first glance, this is a person in a private moment of devotion, but when we look closer, it reveals much more, as you tell us it will. More "journalism" again---I may be overdoing the word, but for me it intones immediacy, capturing the moment, etc. This man's gaze is a moment of very slight confusion at your presence---which you speak of in your comments---a tad of defensiveness---ie, why is he here, why is he looking at me---and yet not too much concern: As he's still in his seated posture, and hasn't budged. Two or three 'attitudes' all wrapped into one shot. The prayer beads and wheel are still his focus. And in the background, the high hills/mountains, and a bit of architecture. Another beautiful moment from you, composed with diagonals (the stones he's sitting on), and lots of blues. Restful, human, gentle. And revealing.

by anahata.c Homepage »


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