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Once upon a time in Nepal…Photos from 1995 and 2001
In Bodnath, a suburb of Kathmandu, we find a big Buddhist temple. Before festival days the whole temple will be decorated with banners and pennants, with prayers printed on them. Around the temple there are monks sitting, and reading the holy books. Prayer wheels are mounted in niches of the surrounding wall which are turned by the passing believers. Everyone goes clockwise around the temple, since the other way round would bring bad luck. There are Gaine-singers sitting beside the temple. They play the Sarangi, a self-made 4-string fiddle, and they sing their old songs. In the songs they tell the latest news for people most of whom are still analphabets. You can compare them to the European ballad-mongers in olden times. In a neighboring monastery monks are meditating to meditational tunes played on traditional instruments.