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Monk's Devotion Leaves Deep Mark On Temple - 26 Feb 2009
Monk's Devotion Leaves Deep Mark On Temple - 26 Feb 2009
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February 05, 2009
Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot...
TONGREN, China
Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot...
Footprints carved in wood, which locals believe were made by a worshipper who prayed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 5, 2009. Local Tibetan monks and pilgrims gather to celebrate Monlam, or Great Prayer Festival, one of the most important festivals in Tibetan Buddhism. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for...
TONGREN, China
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him at a monastery near Tongren
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery...
TONGREN, China
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery...
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery...
TONGREN, China
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery...
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery...
TONGREN, China
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery...
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery...
TONGREN, China
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery...
Monk Hua Chi prays near the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
The footprints made by Monk Hua Chi by praying at the same spot for decades are seen at a monastery near...
TONGREN, China
The footprints made by Monk Hua Chi by praying at the same spot for decades are seen at a monastery near...
The footprints made by Monk Hua Chi by praying at the same spot for decades are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
Monk Hua Chi prays as he stands in the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades...
TONGREN, China
Monk Hua Chi prays as he stands in the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades...
Monk Hua Chi prays as he stands in the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for...
TONGREN, China
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him at a monastery near Tongren
The feet of monk Hua Chi are seen close to the footprints made by him by praying at the same spot for decades, at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
The footprints made by monk Hua Chi who kowtowed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery...
TONGREN, China
The footprints made by monk Hua Chi who kowtowed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery...
The footprints made by monk Hua Chi who kowtowed at the same spot for decades, are seen at a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has kowtowed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. "During the first years I would kowtow 2,000 to 3,000 times a day. But I have grown older, so in recent years I have only done around 1,000 each day," he said, adding that to his dismay, in the cold winter-time he would sometimes only manage around 500 kowtows. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
CHINA-TIBET/MONK
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February 26, 2009
Monk Hua Chi is pictured outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009, where...
TONGREN, China
Monk Hua Chi is pictured outside a monastery near Tongren
Monk Hua Chi is pictured outside a monastery near Tongren, Qinghai province February 25, 2009, where he left footprints in the wood by praying at the same spot for decades. Hua Chi, who believes he is around 70 years old, has prayed at the same spot so many times that perfect footprints remain on the wooden doorstep. The monk and doctor of traditional medicine has been coming to the small temple in the monastery town of Tongren in China's western Qinghai province for nearly twenty years to perform a strict personal ritual. Every day, before sunrise, Hua arrives at the temple steps, placing his feet onto his footprints as he bends down to kowtow a few thousand times before walking around the temple. Picture taken February 25, 2009. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause (CHINA)
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