Buddhist Monk Walking in Cambodia

Buddhist Monk Walking

I took this walking around the Olympic stadium in Phnom Penh (the same evening as all the others at the Olympic Stadium). I saw two monks walking my way and lined it up for a shot and here it is. Many monks are only monks for a short period of time trying to gain karma for their families, and then returning to their normal life. Monks go around their community collecting gifts of food and or money, and then give a “blessing” in a form of a chant in return. But most monks (let alone the recipients) do not understand the content of their many chants, but rather memorize them by rote.
In the background is a “Wat,” the Cambodian word for their Buddhist temple, the place of worship.

 

 

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