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    Taishan stone calligraphy

    Calligraphic inscriptions from across China's centuries adorn stone outcroppings along the path to the peak of Mt. Tai, one of China's five sacred mountains.

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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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    Beijing plates

    A shiny new license plate marks a change in ownership for this rusty old bicycle.

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    Inside a Hawker Centre

    Rows of food stands serving various dishes inside a typical Hawker Centre.

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    Singapore Sling

    The iconic Singapore Sling was invented at the Raffles Hotel.

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    Burnt Offerings

    Offerings to the spirits are burnt in alleys behind homes.

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    Restaurant meal

    Dishes from a restaurant in Chinatown.

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    Table settings

    This table outside is set with food for spirits.

  • Thumbnail for Honoring spirits in public places
    Honoring spirits in public places

    The spirits can visit this shopping center to obtain offerings.

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    Feast for the spirits

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

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    Outside the National Library

    A man rests on a ledge outside of Singapore’s National Library.

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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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    Crowded streets

    The streets of Chinatown are filled with people every day.

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    Sitting in Toa Payoh

    A mother and son taking a rest in Toa Payoh.

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    Sundaresvara in Golden Capparam

    Siva Sundaresvara decorated, in golden Capparam vehicle, for 2nd morning procession. Photographer in foreground is Mayan, a writer for the Tamil journal Kumutham.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles

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    Nadaswaram troupe

    Nadaswaram troupe plays at the flag-raising ceremony. The troupe consists in two nadaswaram players, one tavil drum player, and a tala (hand-cymbal) timekeeper.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, personnel, musicians, ideas

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    Priests tie grass kurca on flag-pole base

    Priests tie grass kurca decorations on the flagpole base, during flag-raising ceremony.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: flag-raising, priests, ideas

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    Deities at pavilion

    Deities being taken into P. C. Muttu Chettiyar pavilion, at end of 2nd morning procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; 2nd morning procession; pavilion is a Pillaiyar temple; Keywords: pavilions

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    Rope-pullers and bananas

    Rope-pullers, catching bananas thrown from roof; Minaksi temple, Chittrai, 1982; during stop of ratha, bananas as refreshments; Keywords: devotees, ratha, procession

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    Kamadhenu vehicle

    Kamadhenu (wish-granting cow) vehicle, used in 3rd evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Minaksi rides Kamadhenu on 3rd evening procession; Keywords: vehicles

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    Bhuta vehicle

    Bhuta vehicle, used in 2nd evening procession.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Sundaresvara rides Bhuta vehicle on 2nd evening; Keywords: vehicles

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    Siva's gold purse

    Siva's gold purse, displayed by Ramani, carried in palanquin around temple. The Executive Officer of the temple, B. Raja, stands to the left.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Ramani (priest) holds up Siva's gold purse (polkiri), E.O. Mr. Raja to left; taken outside west gopuram as purse made procession on Chittrai Street. Tiruvilaiyatal no. 52.; Keywords: processions, lilas

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    Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle

    Sirpathis lift Siva Sundaresvara on Golden Horse vehicle onto the cart, in preparation for the 8th evening procession. In Kalyana mandapam.; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; Keywords: sundaresvara, vehicles,

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    Sundaresvara on 4-pillar mandapa

    Siva Sundaresvara placed on 4-pillar mandapa before crowning, as seen through entry to shrine; Minaksi temple, Avani Mula, 2007; taken from nandi-mandapa, opposite entry to Sundaresvara sannathi; Keywords: sundaresvara, crowning