SRI LANKA TRAVELOGUE – DAY 2 – ANURADHAPURA - OFFERINGS

by Antonio Gil March. 26, 2019 436 views

I was looking at the candles and, then, a monk asked me if I could light a candle and put it into the room nearby as an offering to Buddha - Teresa's picture

I was looking at the candles and, then, a monk asked me if I could light a candle and put it into the room nearby as an offering to Buddha - Teresa's picture

Teresa's picture

Teresa's picture

Job done - Teresa's picture

Job done - Teresa's picture

♫♫ Offerings to the Buddha: White Candles ♫♫

Bright Offerings

a Poem by Miki Byrne

They are Cellotaphs.
Those bright offerings left by the roadside.
Tended in all weathers. Alongside lanes and motorways.

They lie in small heartrending shrines.
With candles, photographs, other memorial items
befitting age and gender.

They sit, blasted by dust, Grimed by emissions,
glazed by rain. Embodying grief in heartfelt, sentimental,
genuine, mawkish expression—and in relatives homes,

they dust a photo, re-decorate a room. As hearts close doors.
Shrink back into the kaleidoscope of everyday life.
As the cars drive by and by and by.

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Andi Saw 9 months, 4 weeks ago

You're so nice

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I try to be. smile

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Radha Mistry 10 months ago

Love how you leave a poem with every single post. X

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Antonio Gil Replied to Radha Mistry 10 months ago

Not easy sometimes. Thanks for appreciating it dear friend

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Camellia Staab 10 months ago

The offering room looks more like a greenhouse for plants. I do like the black and white photos of the room. Btw is that incense burning in #2?

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 10 months ago

Yes it is. Well seen my friend. Thanks for the comment smile

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Bethany Plonski 10 months ago

Beautiful shapes and shadows in #1, and coming from a culture that focuses so much on taking and getting things for oneself, I just love the idea of making offerings.

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Jay Boggess 10 months ago

I'm always interested in how different cultures relate to the Spirit world.....
Interesting photos!

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Berckmans Peter 10 months ago

A strange room for offerings. So simple and bare. The ones I have been in to offer are most of the time well decorated. Nice to see the difference in culture.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Berckmans Peter 10 months ago

That's one of the pleasures of travel - the culture differences. Thanks Peter

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Russell Smith 10 months ago

#2 a touching moment in time . It was cool that the monk asked you to light a candle and place it in the room .

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Antonio Gil Replied to Russell Smith 10 months ago

I was suprised and pleased at the same time. Thanks my friend

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Vivienne Albiston 10 months ago

like the narrative, particularly in one and two.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Vivienne Albiston 10 months ago

Thank you dear Vivienne

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Jennifer Raknerud 10 months ago

These are wonderful!  Do you say some kind of prayer as you light the candle?  It is neat to think of all those offerings lined up with the hearts or emotions of humans represented.  Thanks for sharing!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Jennifer Raknerud 10 months ago

Well, perhaps, but I didn't. I was just trying to understand what the monk wanted smile Thanks for the beautiful comment Jennifer

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Francesc 10 months ago

Excellent work

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 10 months ago

Thanks for the favs dear friend

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Olga Helys 10 months ago

#2 is my fav!
Great

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Antonio Gil Replied to Olga Helys 10 months ago

Thanks dear Olga. That's also the one I like most

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