This week’s DP photo challenge is Inspiration.
My inspirational moment is sitting out on the ledge of the rock and gazing out to the mountains yonder.
The layers of panoramic mountains in front of me is the main source of my inspiration.
This is a picture taken when hiking Sanqing Shan ( Mountain), China.
Of course, I wasn’t able to go onto the ledge of the rock because of the steep cliff which was covered with dense vegetation.
However, this is an unforgettable moment full of Inspiration.
No photography was allowed inside the mausoleum of Genghis Khan in Inner Mongolia.
So, I am not able to share many of the interesting exhibits like clothing, weapons, coffin etc of Genghis Khan. This is very much regrettable.
Outside the mausoleum, there is a vast space for worshiping of Genghis Khan.
There was a raised circular space with steps on the sides, presumably this is for staging the worship ceremony.
On the sides, there are stone sculptures of dragon heads.
One of the pictures taken was a close up of the dragon head.
There are also copper or bronze vessels for burning of joss sticks, for making offers during the worshiping ceremony.
As someone who knows not much at all of the Mongolian culture and history, I was at a loss as to what many of the things I saw represent.
For the sake of sharing, I am sharing photos here that I still don’t understand what they represent.
I hope when I have the time, I will research into their meaning and significance.
Known as Emperor Taizu of the Yuan Dynasty and also named Temujin, Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is a leader of the Mongol tribe, as well as a strategist and a statesman.
Among all the significant rulers in Chinese history, Genghis Khan was one of the greatest. He was the founder of Mongol Empire and the sequential Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and by the end of his life, the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.
The present Genghis Khan’s Mausoleum was built in 1954 in Erdos city, about 185 km from Baotou, the largest city of Inner Mongolia.
Most people believe that this mausoleum is not where he was actually buried but is rather a gathering place for Mongolian people to worship the spirit of the mighty Genghis Khan. The great ruler’s real burial place still remains a mystery. The mausoleum consists of three grand halls, which are shaped like Mongolian yurts.
The joss sticks and candles in the halls of the tomb burn all year round. Every year, four grand sacrificial ceremonies are held here to commemorate Genghis Khan, a hero of the Mongolian people.
These pictures were taken at the mausoleum, as part of my trip to Inner Mongolia.
The DP’s theme for this week is Half and Half.
Photographers talk about the rule of thirds.
Taking pictures half / half is usually not recommended.
This week, I will be sharing pictures which are half / half.
Here is a picture taken in Shilin, Yunnan, showing the strangely shaped rocks.
The DP’s theme for this week’s challenge is Half and Half.
This photo is half desert and half sky.
Taken in the Resonance Desert of inner Mongolia, I like the sky more than the desert.
The clouds look as if they are springing forward.
Also somewhat surreal is a modern structure, for cultural exhibition, standing aloof in the desert.
We didn’t see much in our trip to Longhu Shan because of the rain and the flood in the river.
We came across the Temple of the Celestial Masters, with some impressive architecture.
Near the main gate, we saw a pair of Lions.
Never know whether medieval China has any lions as today this animal does not exist in the country.
Here is a close up view of the face of the lion near the main gate of the temple.
Also near the temple is this drum tower.
Inside the temple we also saw this symbol of Ying Yang- I have never seen one in these colors.
The trip was a bit of a disappointment!
This week’s DP photo challenge is Symbol.
A symbol is an object that represents, stands for or suggests an idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures or visual images and are used to convey ideas and beliefs.
This week, I will be showing some symbols.
I hope they are self explanatory. For those that I don’t explain – the reason is clear – I don’t know the meaning behind them either!
This image was taken in Longfu Shan, China and represents Ying and Yang.
On the right, the characters says: in the middle of Longfu (dragon and tiger) Mountain, you look for the Master of the Way or Taosim.
There is a string of characters on the left which I was not able to capture. I was not able to zoom out anymore as I was restricted by the space available.