A Photo A Week: Red

temple offerings

Temple Offerings, Hanoi, Vietnam

Temple Offerings, Hanoi, Vietnam

In the courtyard of a small Buddhist temple in Hanoi, Vietnam, vendors sell fruit, tea, flowers, incense, and fake money to be used as offerings to ancestors and gods. The offerings help insure a the welfare of spirits in the afterlife.  Paper replicas of dollar notes (‘ghost money’), motorbikes, cars, houses and other earthly items can be found. The paper gifts are burnt so the smoke can carry the spirit of the gifts to heaven for use by the ancestors. Ancestor worship is an integral part of Vietnamese culture.

A Photo A Week: Red

SL-WEEK 9 : School

When I was the Exhibit for the School Field Trip

I visited the Temple of Literature when I was in Hanoi. It was May and very hot. When I sat down to rest, sweat pouring off me, I became the center of attention for a group of students and teachers. I was definitely foreign to them. They gathered around me and just stared.  I know how it feels to be in a zoo. I started taking pictures of them and showed them the screen. They loosened up and became friendly. Some of them even posed for me.




SL-WEEK 9 : School

Travel Theme: Work


Daily Prompt: Ingredients – Street Kitchen in Hanoi

Open for Business

Made to order. Street corner shops and restaurants set up all over Hanoi. I was never brave enough to eat at one.


Daily Prompt: Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil

Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No EvilI veered slightly off the prompt’s suggestion for photographers because I couldn’t resist posting one of my favorite pictures. I was at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi and there were a number of student groups touring the site. This trio of young men intrigued me because they seemed to embody Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil. I love the connection and disconnect at the same time. 


Daily Prompt: Food for the Soul – Offerings for the Dead


Offerings to the dead. Wax fruit, fake money and real cookies for sale at a temple in Saigon. I found it interesting that the fake money was U.S. currency.



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