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THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTX5Y7D9
25 Apr. 2018
Golden umbrellas draped in beads and flowers provide... more
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTX5Y7D9
25 Apr. 2018
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Golden umbrellas draped in beads and flowers provide shade for boys as young as seven riding on their fathers' shoulders in a procession through the mountain town of Mae Hong Son on Thailand's northern border. Dressed in clothes dominated by neon pinks and greens with elaborate headgear, their lips and cheeks brightly rouged for the most important day of their short lives, about 50 boys advance to the lively beat of drums, cymbals and gongs. The event is a rite of passage to initiate the boys as Buddhist novices, the highlight of an annual celebration by the Shan ethnic group that lives mainly in neighbouring Myanmar, but is also spread through China, Laos and Thailand. To fulfil the dream of a son's participation in the prestigious event, parents willingly scrimp for a long time, others accept relatives' donations to defray costs, and the poorest may even send offspring to live with wealthier families. The rite of Poy Sang Long, as the celebration is known, represents the early childhood of the founder of Buddhism, Siddharta Gautama, who was born a prince about 2,600 years ago. He is said to have given up a life of royal splendour to live as a holy man after witnessing sickness and death outside the palace. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "POY SANG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: THAILAND-RELIGION/
THAILAND-FESTIVAL/
RTX2TLBT
14 Nov. 2016
Buddhist monks pray during the festival of Yee Peng... more
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTSIPC9
19 Jul. 2016
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
RELIGION-VESAK/
RTSF8SZ
21 May. 2016
A monkey sits on an idol of Buddha during celebrations... more
BHUTAN-DAILYLIFE/
RTX2A6V0
16 Apr. 2016
The Buddha Dordenma statue overlooks the town of Thimphu,... more
THAILAND-TOURISM/
RTSCOZB
29 Mar. 2016
A sun sets behind a buddha statue in Phuket, Thailand... more
CHINA-RELIGION
RTS8P5P
1 Mar. 2016
People take pictures of the head of a Buddha statue... more
CHINA-RELIGION
RTS8P5N
1 Mar. 2016
A person takes pictures of the head of a Buddha statue... more
CHINA-RELIGION
RTS8P5M
1 Mar. 2016
People take pictures of the head of a Buddha statue... more
CHINA-RELIGION
RTS8P5K
1 Mar. 2016
Security agents and staff look as people take pictures... more
THAILAND-RELIGION/
RTX27YXK
22 Feb. 2016
A man holds flowers while circling Wat Phrathat Doi... more
NEPAL-RELIGION/
RTX245UM
27 Jan. 2016
Devotees offer prayers at the statue of Lord Buddha... more
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTS5ZWX
8 Nov. 2015
A man casts his ballot during the general election... more
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTS5Z5W
8 Nov. 2015
A woman casts her ballot in a Buddhist prayer hall... more
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTX1U6V0
1 Nov. 2015
A man works on Buddha statues near Mahamuni Buddhist... more
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTX1U6US
1 Nov. 2015
Women work on Buddha sculptures near Mahamuni Buddhist... more
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTX1U6UP
1 Nov. 2015
Women work on a Buddha sculpture near Mahamuni Buddhist... more
MYANMAR-ELECTION/
RTX1U6UA
1 Nov. 2015
A man touches a golden Buddha statue inside Mahamuni... more
QUAKE-NEPAL/
RTX1K9H2
14 Jul. 2015
A woman offers daily prayers at the statue of Lord... more
QUAKE-NEPAL/
RTX1AAS7
26 Apr. 2015
A man cries as he walks on the street while passing... more
CHINA-RELIGION/
RTR4W8WH
6 Apr. 2015
Buddhist monks carry a Buddha statue after a parade... more
HUNGARY-MUMMY/
RTR4S8IU
5 Mar. 2015
A Buddha statue is displayed at the Natural History... more
HUNGARY-MUMMY
RTR4S8IC
5 Mar. 2015
A scan image of the skeletal remains of a mummified... more
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/
RTR4S2GQ
4 Mar. 2015
Buddhists holding candles encircle a large Buddha statue... more
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/
RTR4S2EZ
4 Mar. 2015
Buddhists holding candles encircle a large Buddha statue... more
PHILIPPINES-RELIGION/
RTR4OY0Z
10 Feb. 2015
A worker cleans a Buddha display inside a Chinese temple... more
THAILAND-TSUNAMI/
RTR4IYNV
22 Dec. 2014
A Buddha statue is left on a wall surrounding the former... more
THAILAND-FESTIVAL/
RTR4G3ID
30 Nov. 2014
A long-tailed macaque naps on a religious statue after... more
MYANMAR-ASEAN/
RTR4DOOP
11 Nov. 2014
Believers pour water over a Buddha sculpture under... more
JAPAN-AFTERLIFE/WIDERIMAGE
RTR4DIO3
10 Nov. 2014
Junkoh Nagakura walks out from the "Ruriden", a cemetery... more
JAPAN-AFTERLIFE/WIDERIMAGE
RTR4DINU
10 Nov. 2014
Buddha statues carved in crystals are pictured at the... more
JAPAN-AFTERLIFE/WIDERIMAGE
RTR4DIN1
10 Nov. 2014
Buddha statues carved in crystals are pictured at the... more
JAPAN-TOMBSTONES/
RTR45WMO
11 Sep. 2014
An Jianxing, a 50 year old gravestone business owner... more
MYANMAR-RELIGION/
RTR43LX9
25 Aug. 2014
Buddha images, carved into the cliff from mid-19 century,... more
BELGIUM-WEATHER/
RTR40NG5
30 Jul. 2014
A statue of Buddha and storm debris are covered with... more
HONGKONG/
RTR3SZ4I
10 Jun. 2014
Papier-mache pandas, created by French artist Paulo... more
THAILAND/
RTR3OYET
13 May. 2014
Buddhists holding candles encircle a large Buddha statue... more
SRILANKA/
RTR3OVXI
13 May. 2014
A man works on a pandal at a temple ahead of Vesak... more
MALAYSIA/
RTR3OVCT
13 May. 2014
A child drops coins into golden Buddha statues as a... more
SINGAPORE/
RTR3ORUI
12 May. 2014
A devotee prays before a "three steps one bow" ceremony... more
SRILANKA/
RTR3OQ1B
12 May. 2014
A man picks up statues of Buddha one by one, as he... more
CHINA/
RTR3NXEJ
6 May. 2014
People put money into bowls held by Buddhist monks... more
EARTHQUAKE-THAILAND/
RTR3NX7U
6 May. 2014
A Buddhist monk walks in front of a Buddha statue damaged... more
MALAYSIA-AIRLINES/
RTR3L0UL
13 Apr. 2014
A man adjusts an easel with framed pictures of the... more
MYANMAR/
RTR3GOUW
12 Mar. 2014
A Buddha statue is pictured at a marble mine at Zagyin... more
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS
RTX13EQR
9 Sep. 2013
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and... more
NEPAL
RTX12KTY
14 Aug. 2013
Devotees walk past the statue of Lord Buddha as they... more
THAILAND/
RTX118KI
1 Jul. 2013
A rainbow arches over a Buddhist temple after rain... more
SRILANKA-ECONOMY/TOURISM
RTX10RNI
18 Jun. 2013
A tourist walks at the Gangaramaya Buddhist temple... more
SRILANKA-ECONOMCY/GDP
RTX10NSF
14 Jun. 2013
Cranes atop the construction site of a luxury apartment... more
SRILANKA/
RTX101YH
26 May. 2013
A Buddhist monk looks at Buddha statues at Gangaramaya... more
SRILANKA/
RTX101YE
26 May. 2013
A lit Buddha statue is seen at Gangaramaya Temple after... more
SRILANKA/
RTX101YC
26 May. 2013
A Buddhist monk takes pictures of Buddha statues at... more
VIETNAM
RTXZZ8Q
24 May. 2013
Buddhist nuns and monks walk around a statue of the... more
NEPAL/
RTXZZ6U
24 May. 2013
A Buddhist devotee offers prayer in front of an idol... more
THAILAND/
RTXZZ5A
24 May. 2013
Buddhists carry candles while encircling a large Buddha... more
MALAYSIA/
RTXZYRX
24 May. 2013
Buddhist devotees recite prayers during Vesak Day at... more
CHINA-EARTHQUAKE/
RTXYVL6
22 Apr. 2013
A damaged Buddha statue is seen beside a road on the... more
NEPAL
RTXYELZ
9 Apr. 2013
An idol of Lord Buddha is pictured behind a fence in... more
MALAYSIA/
RTR3DKHY
10 Feb. 2013
An ethnic Chinese Malaysian couple, Tho Yoon Chai and... more
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