Friday, May 23, 2008
About a month ago, people gathered on the sand bar on the Mekong to make sand stupas. These stupas represent Mt. Meru, the center of the Buddhist universe. Some people make very elaborate stupas with stairways and decorations; others were just piles of sand. For any of the stupas, people incorporate representations of themselves - usually making small mounds representing ten years of life (if you're older). People place prayer flags on the stupas and cover them with sweet smelling talcum powder.
And like the message of Buddhism - all compounded things are transient - the Mekong washes them away as the waters rise. The storm clouds over Thailand tell us that more way is on the way.
This picture is near my house in Vientiane, again on the bank of the Mekong River. On the other side is Sri Chieng Mai in Thailand.
This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday which is hosted over at Wiggers World