Travel Theme: Golden (in Yunnan)

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Up to now, I still don’t know what I saw.

We were up in the hills of Yunnan, China.DSC_0360

We came across a golden statue which I am not too sure what it is.DSC_0355

This could be GuangYin, but this doesn’t look like the ones I used to see.DSC_0352

It was gold plated.DSC_0353

It looks peaceful.DSC_0358

It sits on top of a  waterfall which plunges into a pool below.DSC_0356

In the pool, there were many kois which were gold in color, swimming happily.DSC_0347

The series of picture will give you an idea of the setting.

I have never shown these pictures as I would like to research it before publishing.

But it is so tempting to publish them under the Travel Theme: Golden!

PS My blogging friend Denise shares the following which she has researched into the background of the golden statute:

It is called Nagarjuna, considered the most important Buddhism philosopher after Gautama Buddha. His image is mostly found in Tibetan Buddhism but scholars said “Along with his disciple Āryadeva, he is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahāyāna Buddhism.” (Wikipedia)

 

26 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Golden (in Yunnan)

  1. Hee Hee, this is my cup of tea. May I know where is this part of Yunnan? If it is Shangrila, it looks like this is an image of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan Buddhism has many different religious images than the traditional ones. This one may take the form of a naga. Gold color is also very typical of many Tibetan religious objects. Remember I showed you the biggest prayer wheel (in gold color too) in Yunnan? Also, from the prayer flags around this area, I would say it is more likely a place with Tibetan Buddhism as the major religion. Let me know if my guess is correct. i love to have this kind of fun!

    Personally I have not seen a naga in any Buddhist image. I have seen that mostly in Hinduism (in Cambodia). This has aroused my curiosity. Let me study a bit more about this subject.

    • It was a place which we passed through some years ago, maybe not too far from the DongBar valley and the snowy mountains of the jade dragons.
      Like you I have not seen naga in Tibetan Buddhism, but looking more closely, the statute do have the body of a snake.
      Have seen naga before, say, in the Churning of the Seas in Angkor Wat.
      Anyway, I believe this is part of Tibetian Buddhism. Regards, Michael

    • Hi, Michael: I found the information. It is called Nagarjuna, considered the most important Buddhism philosopher after Gautama Buddha. His image is mostly found in Tibetan Buddhism but scholars said “Along with his disciple Āryadeva, he is considered to be the founder of the Madhyamaka school of Mahāyāna Buddhism.” (wikipedia)

  2. I love how this place been set. hills, golden statue, water falls, fish…

    ah Yunnan,…. I’ve been with a friend from Yunnan for 3 days this week. we travel to Karimunjawa Archipelago.

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