Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Stupa )

This week’s DP photo challenge is Rare.

To many westerns, stupas are rarely seen and the meaning are not fully known.

Stupas are generally solid, bell-shaped structures that contain a holy relic such as a hair or tooth from Buddha, relics or remains of eminent Buddhist figure, or a sacred Buddhist scripture.DSC_0283

They are modeled on ancient Indian burial mounds. The base of the stupa is often sealed with a copper plate incised with a vishva-vajra crossed thunderbolt design that is regarded as protection from evil. Stupas themselves were venerated as symbols of the Buddha.

This is a picture taken in the temple of Angkor Wat which displays a stupa.

18 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Rare ( Stupa )

  1. I think this is the first time for me to see a stupa within Angkor Wat. I must have missed it when I was there. It’s always fascinating to see this kind of juxtaposition: a Buddhist stupa inside a large Hindu temple.

  2. I am fascinated by the phenomenon of relics. I am more familiar with those in the Catholitic tradition, spread across Europe. I am too aligned with the Enlightenment to personally pursue these, but when visiting a church with relics, I watch those who sincerely find some peace and connection through them. Are these “making seen the unseen”?

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