A worshipper at the altar outside a stupa

A worshipper at the altar outside a stupa

The Schwedagon Pagoda


Myanmar (Burma)

At intervals around the main pagoda are shrines dedicated to each of the eight days of the week (Wednesday divides into two parts); worshippers make special offerings of fruit, flowers and paper umbrellas, and do special acts of devotion, like lighting candles in front of and pouring water over the Buddha and the totem animal of their birthday weekday (here an elephant WITH tusks).

  • Praying in the shade
  • Worshippers before a Buddha outside a stupa
  • Photograph November 2000 by George P. Landow

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