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    Table settings

    This table outside is set with food for spirits.

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    Setting the stage

    Two men are setting this stage for the celebration of the Hungry Ghost festival.

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    Feast for the spirits

    Fruit, food and drink are all placed on a table for spirits.

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    Setting offerings

    This woman is adding more offerings to this collection.

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    Religion in public

    People leave offerings for the spirits during the Hungry Ghost Festival along public sidewalks.

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    Long table of offerings

    This long table contains many offerings.

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    Restaurant meal

    Dishes from a restaurant in Chinatown.

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    Tourists on Sentosa

    Tourists relax on Sentosa, a small vacation island of Singapore.

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    Siloso Beach

    Part of Sentosa Island, Siloso Beach is a popular vacation destination.

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    Street Musician

    A man plays music on a walkway near Chinatown.

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    Streets of Little India

    A street in Little India.

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    Sundaresvara in palanquin

    Sundaresvara carried in palanquin, morning procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; procession on 4th morning; Keywords: deities, sundaresvara, decoration, palanquin

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    Devotee at temple

    Devotee arrives at temple; pulled the small ters from Salem; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Devotee has pulled small ters with hook in back, from Salem; Keywords: devotees, vows

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    Ratha procession

    Sundaresvara ratha procession; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; 11th morning procession, West Masi Street; Keywords: vehicles, ratha, procession, sundaresvara

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    Rope-pullers, ratha procession

    Rope-pullers; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; Keywords: devotees, ratha, procession

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    Sundaresvara

    Sundaresvara, during Minaksi digvijaya; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1984; Keywords: sundaresvara, digvijaya

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    Site-pacification

    Brahmin assistant drags burning bundle into street, to pacify or purify Avani Mula Street, during vithi-vastusanti ceremony.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Leaving Putu-mandapa at east entrance, onto East Avani Mula Street. Bundle made of samittu: dry sticks of margosa, araca tree, and other kinds of light wood.; Keywords: priests, santi

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    Jnanasambandar

    Jnanasambandar image, before 6th evening procession. On the 6th evening, the great Tamil devotees (nayanmar) of Siva are recognized.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; East Adi Street, near elephant stables; Keywords: nayanmars

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    Sundaresvara on Kalpataru vehicle

    Siva Sundaresvara mounted on Kalpataru (wish-granting tree) vehicle, awaiting 1st procession; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 1st evening procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles, decoration

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    Oil-rag lamps

    Oil-rag lamps held during street site-pacification (vithi- vastusanti), a necessary purifying rite before festival processions.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: personnel

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    Minaksi Wedding

    Minaksi's Marriage (tirukalyana) sculpture, depicting Visnu, Minaksi, and Siva Sundaresvara, in Puthu-mandapa. Mid-seventeenth century.; Minaksi temple; Putu-mandapa; Keywords: deities, minaksi, mandapas

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    Minaksi

    Three-breasted Minaksi Statue, in Puthu-mandapa. Constructed in the mid-seventeenth century, during the reign of Tirumalai Nayakkar.; Minaksi temple; Putu-mandapa, SE corner; Keywords: deities, minaksi, mandapas

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    Sirpathis

    Sirpathis carry pole supporing icon; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; Preparation for 1st evening procession. 42 Sirpathis (non-brahmins, not directly temple employees).; Keywords: personnel, sirpathis

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    Three priests

    Three priests in front of Sundaresvara image; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 2004; C. Muttapatter Sivaraja, on right, does image decoration.; Keywords: personnel, priests

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    Blessing of drum

    Chief priest blesses drum, during site-pacification ceremony; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: priests, personnel, musicians