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A daily ceremony no one misses when visiting Luang Prabang is the morning food donation for the monks. The oldest monk takes the head of the line followed by sometimes dozens of novices, depending on the importance of their monastery. While not as impressive but even more emotional, a line up of 3 or 4 old monks will witness that their temple is still alive, though it will certainly be closed in a few years.

What fascinated me is that one could see almost the whole people of Luang Prabang outside their houses, novices and monks walking, believers sitted or kneeled on the side of the streets, all this in a TOTAL SILENCE : you would barely hear the rubbing of their feet against the road.

We already can enjoy quite a set of Luang Prabang food donation photos in TE (I specially like Manny's -see inside my favs box-) as I knew I hardly could do better or renew the genre, I took a chance on getting the monk's view of the ceremony.

I then stood at the back of a line, and accompanied the monks for a short walk... normally the less experienced novice takes the last position, I was then perfectly at my place. I was a novice (and so are you if you're looking at this shot currently ;-) ...).

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I noticed that monks beg food going without shoes but always forgot when talking to novices to ask the reason why. Can somebody give the reason why.. is the food donation ceremony assimilated to praying, meditation or something....

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