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Welcoming Naga

Welcoming Naga
It seems the word "Naga" is Sanscrit for serpent and probably arrived in south-east Asia with the Hindu religion brought in by Indian merchants way back about the 10th century (or earlier). Apparently the Buddha was protected by a seven-headed serpent during a violent rainstorm, so somehow the Sanscrit term and seven-headed serpent merged. Whatever the background, to this day Naga images are to be seen acting as benign guardians at Buddhist temples throughout Laos.

This ancient Naga, at Wat Phu, welcomes visitors following the causeway path and pleasingly, as can be seen, has had some restoration work. It also seems to gather an awful lot of incense! Looks good on black and behind is my fence for this week.

HFF, best wishes for the weekend and stay safe, everyone.

Amelia, RHH, Peter_Private_Box, and 44 other people have particularly liked this photo

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©UdoSm club
Similar to Thailand and Bali, everything is always and constantly guarded:
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
So strange!
21 months ago.
Annemarie club
lovely the puppets.
21 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbe et impressionnante sculpture... HFF. George.
21 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
Such interesting customs. Good information and picture George.
HFF and wish you a good weekend.
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Phenomenal capture, George !!! Very interesting sculpture !!!!
21 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Amazing religious sculpture! HFF, George!
21 months ago.
nice one!
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Looks great ! HFF, George ! Have a nice and healthy weekend !
21 months ago.
FotoArt club
Das erinnert mich auch an Indonesien.
HFF - und weiterhin gute Gesundheit!
21 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
Oh wow, what a COOL sculpture!! Love the details of it. And the lovely offered decor too, so colorful! Also, it was neat to read about where the symbolism comes from. I love to learn things like that because then, when you're wandering around a city or country, the historical significance shows itself everywhere and adds so much more meaning and understanding.

21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Lovely capture and excellent narrative George
HFF and a nice weekend.
21 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A great image, HFF George I hope that your weekend is a good one
21 months ago.
Fascinating information and sculpture.
21 months ago.
Christa1004 club
What an interesting statue, thanks for sharing. I learned something tonight. HFF Georges.
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent shot! Stay well!

Admired in:
21 months ago.
 Steve Paxton
Steve Paxton club
Quite a fascinating story seen some of these my self, HFF enjoy your freedom like we are.
21 months ago.
LotharW club
HFF. Ein schönes Wochenende und bleib gesund!
21 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
Hello dear George
Sending you and Pauline a huge hug and wishes for a lovely weekend and week ahead.
Diana xxxx
21 months ago.
 Wierd Folkersma
Wierd Folkersma club
interesting sculpture, HFF George!
21 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
21 months ago.
 Dida From Augsburg
Dida From Augsburg club
Interesting sculpture and story behind, and they look much better than some other "Garden gnomes"! ;-D

HFF, George
21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
HFF Beautiful
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Amazing work; well captured George.
HFF - stay safe and healthy.
21 months ago.
Léopold club
Snaky fingers catching attention for sure !
21 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Great shot!

HFF and stay well
21 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF George!
21 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Almost missed the fence looking at this carving George. Great interest here. Well done.

HFF and keep safe. Herb
21 months ago.
Gudrun club
In this form I welcome snakes:-) HFF, George, have a great weekend!
21 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
The interpretation of the nature of the snake in the different religions is fascinating.
Wonderful shot and narration, George!
HFF and best wishes to you and Pauline!
Stay safe and well!
21 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work.
◦•●◉✿ Have a great weekend✿◉●•◦
21 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Great impression and interesting informations. HFF, wish you a fine weekend, George !
21 months ago.
Berny club
Wonderful sculpture!
HFF and a great, safe weekend, George!
21 months ago.
Erika+Manfred club
HFF, stay safe and healthy, and have a fine weekend
21 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very original, interesting !
21 months ago.
 Rainer Blankermann
Rainer Blankermann club
An impressive work!
HFF and stay safe and healthy!
21 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
Wow, that's so interesting. I like the rustic fence too.

HFF to you, George. :)
21 months ago.
Xata club
Surprising and interesting. HFF George, hope you both ok
21 months ago.
trester88 club
HFF und ein schönes Wochenende! Bleib gesund!
21 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Love this one George, it's just that bit different. HFF and have a great weekend too.
21 months ago.
 Marco F. Delminho
Marco F. Delminho club
21 months ago.
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi George

A very nice picture, and very interesting to guess what it is!!
Without your description we would have no idea!!

Best Wishes, HFF, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
21 months ago.
 Annalia S.
Annalia S. club
Thank you for the history of the Naga idol, George. It does seem to portray smiling (and fangless) snakes and receive much respect in the form of incense sticks.
A belated HFF. Hope you and Pauline are having a good weekend.
21 months ago.
Superb carving. A wonderful image, George.
21 months ago.
Amelia club
The seven-headed serpent seems to be missing its main head. Thank you for this information, George. Ipernity is an educational establishment.
Belated HFF.and I hope you are enjoying the week.
21 months ago.

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