Huihan Liu, ‘Pilgrims Making Wishes’, Trailside Galleries

As Lhasa is the most holy place for Tibetans, and prayer is a daily routine, many people can be seen every dawn performing their religious rituals. Here, they count a total of 108 beads on a rosary string in a clockwise manner on their hands, before raising their hands above their heads, then pushing forward and stretching the whole length of their bodies on the ground.

Continuing, they rise and begin the process again until they have completed the cycle one thousand times , the number necessary to achieve the first initiation or the first step towards enlightment. I was amazed by their meditative concentration and hand gestures. A worn prayer flag hanging behind the stone wall lent beautiful emotional impact to the piece.

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