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Stupa-fied! (Get it?)

The Stupa is the Buddhist Equivalent of the Mulberry Bush

Shadows and lines, man. Shadows and lines.

The largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet, Bodhnath is big (more than 100 meters across and 40 meters high) and rich with symbolism, a monument of contrasts, a must-see for any traveler in the region, constructed 700 years ago or so. Maybe a thousand. It also collects cool, shifting shadows like cogs in a mad scientist’s gargantuan sundial.

People ritualistically circumnavigate it, as Buddhists are wont to do. Some of them though I think are just lost or stuck in traffic and not sure how to cut through to an exit so they keep going around until an off ramp is easily accessible. You can easily differentiate the Californian Buddhists from the Florida retiree Buddhists.

jumbo bodhnath stupa
The little anty things are people.

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