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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.

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War and Peace

Glass Panel on Gate, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Glass Panel on Gate, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

A glass panel from a decorative gate at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. The cemetery honors members of the US Armed Forced who served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War.

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