Photojournalism From Tibet in Exile

Everyday Exile Photojournalism showcases images from Tibetan exile communities, mainly in India. The goal is to educate viewers in other countries re: everyday life, culture and issues facing Tibetans who have fled Chinese-occupied Tibet.

All images copyright 2010-2015 by Tammy Winand and may not be used in any way without the express written permission of the photographer. Please contact via email for permissions.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Monks and Mani Wheels

Religion plays a large role in traditional Tibetan life. To an outsider, the variety and complexity of ritual(s) can be overwhelming.

Pictured here is a monk spinning a hand-held mani wheel.
A basic explanation is: Inside the wheel, a mantra (form of prayer) is written repeatedly on a long scroll. As the wheel spins and the mantra or other prayers are recited, the prayers are sent out into the realms of existence, purifying negative karma and helping all beings move towards enlightenment.

All images copyright 2015 Tammy Winand, all rights reserved. Please contact via email for usage permissions, or see my stock galleries on shutterstock, dreamstime, 123rf, and mostphotos (largest selection of India, Tibetan, Kathmandu related images) to download.

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