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Three photos today of people I saw in Paro district in western Bhutan. Three photos all showing the strong impact of Buddhism on Bhutanese society. Everywhere you travel through the country you will see temples, monasteries and stupas - large or small buildings usually containing relics or pieces of holy scriptures.

In all these places you will also find prayer wheels like the one in this photo, or people carrying small prayer wheels as they walk clockwise around the holy building.

And on every hilltop or hillside, in every field, outside every temple you will also see prayer flags blessing the surrounding countryside with the mantras written on them.

I saw this little boy trying his best to push the prayer wheel, much larger than himself, outside a temple some distance from Paro town. The wheel probably contains hundreds or thousands of pieces of papers with religious mantras written on them. Spinning the wheel around is regarded as equal to reciting the mantras orally.

I know that this photo is technically far from perfect. The light was difficult and I had to work hard to scan and process it properly.

Here is a larger version.

One WS photo shows a man carrying a hand prayer wheel, called a mani wheel. In the other WS you will meet a smiling monk.

As usual all photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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