1,000 words, image one

20 05 2011

(First in a series of eventually 1,000 images).

It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Or that one picture can tell the entire story. What does the picture below say to you?

Bali, Indonesia

This was taken in Bali, on an early morning walk. The man had just left an offering at a shrine in his field. Perhaps he prayed for abundant crops? Or maybe he prayed for the health of a family member? Or, he may have been on his own morning walk or meditation and leaving an offering was simply part of his routine with no particular thought behind it.

Bali is one of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world. Most Balinese practice Hinduism, a religion with origins in India. A peaceful island with gentle people, it is not uncommon in Bali to find shrines in homes, fields, and public places such as hotel grounds or village squares.

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