Right to left to shows the progress from chunk of stone to lion. These photos were taken at a third generation stone carving factory in Kathmandu, where we watched the back backing work of carving. It takes painstaking detail, skill and experience to acquire this slowly learnt, slowly executed craft. Some things are worth the investment of time.
This post participated in the Travel Theme of “Slow”. See more entries here.
Buddhist prayer flags are a common sight here, strung dramatically from temples, or from tree to tree. A way of promoting peace, the wind blows over the prayers printed on the flags and spreads their message through the air, purifying it. The flags become permanent fixtures of the environment, aging just as with all life, and new flags go up alongside, symbolizing change and renewal. The old ones stay up, they never come down until they rot to the ground. Even then, they cling to fences or lay wherever the wind blows them. The visitor may leave, but his prayers remain blowing on the breeze. Gone but not forgotten.