Nepal Photos Culture
- The courtyard of a Nepalese temple (Hindu, not Buddhist). These courtyards are always filled with stone statues, wooden columns, metal screens and a lot more stuff, not all of religious importance. Note the nice wooden struts in the tower.
- This is Swayambunath, a set of Buddhist stupas set on a hill above Kathmandu. The colourful eyes are Buddha's all-seeing eyes (all-seeing because there's a pair on all four sides of a stupa: Buddha is watching you!).
- The Taleju temple, the holiest Hindu shrine in all of Nepal. It's normally shut and closed, but once per year, in October, it is cleaned and for one day, the small red door is opened to Nepalese Hindus. Foreigners are never allowed to enter, though some are known to have been inside.
- Nepalese people who queue patiently to see the Kumari in her house. The Kumari of Kathmandu is one of the few living godesses of Nepal still in active service.
- Bodnath: another stupa, the biggest in the country, in fact. This one is so big that you can actually climb its lower levels and walk around it (always in clockwise direction).
- A water park in the northern outskirts of the Kathmandu valley where many marriage ceremonies are performed. The photo shows the bride (nervously fingering her mobile though the groom was already there) and some of her relatives.
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$updated from: Nepal Photos Culture.htxt Sat 18 Jan 2014 13:14:23 thomasl (By Thomas Lauer)$