Sunday, November 23, 2008

Purnima

Finally got around to editing some photos of the Purnima festival:

Purnima - Kamlapur Buddhist Temple

So all the lanterns had to be "approved" by a monk before it was let off into the sky. Was without a translator. Couldn't quite figure out why.

Purnima - Kamlapur Buddhist Temple

General public cordoned off from the main area where the lanterns were being let off. Too much fire and flammable substances around. Still, when the lanterns floated off into the air, a great number of them dripped burning fuel onto the spectators below. Sounded painful.

Purnima - Kamlapur Buddhist Temple

Different groups of friends got together to make their own lanterns. Constructed from bamboo strips and pieces of rice paper, it was a delicate contraption - one which could take up to several days to complete, depending on the size.

Needless to say, lots of whooping going on when it was their turn to show off their hard work.

Arjun, who had witnessed Purnima from his village in Bandarban, reported a local artist made a huge, detailed lantern in the shape of an elephant -- trunk, tail, ears and all -- which was beautifully balanced and considered the most "awesome" of all the lanterns he had ever seen.


Purnima - Kamlapur Buddhist Temple

Oh, and remember what I said about half-naked dancing men?

Purnima - Kamlapur Buddhist Temple

I know the colours are all over the place, and I'm generally irritated because the colours appear different depending on whether I'm viewing the photos online or offline. What the hell?

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