A worshipper at the altar for the second half of Wednesday

The Schwedagon Pagoda

Yangon

Burma [Myanmar]

November 2000

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).

Photograph by George P. Landow: May be used without permission for any educational or scholarly purpose.

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