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Comment by Claire — April 3, 2009 @ 1:50 am
That kind of looks like a swastika on the dude’s chest?
Comment by Peg — April 3, 2009 @ 3:26 am
Ditto (assuming it’s a he). Hard to miss (the swastika-looking symbol).
Comment by josh — April 3, 2009 @ 10:44 am
Yes. Before that symbol was used by the Nazis, it was an Indian and Buddhist symbol. From the internet:
“In Buddhism, the swastika signifies auspiciousness and good fortune as well as the Buddha’s footprints and the Buddha’s heart. The swastika is said to contain the whole mind of the Buddha and can often be found imprinted on the chest, feet or palms of Buddha images. It is also the first of the 65 auspicious symbols on the footprint of the Buddha.”
Comment by josh — April 3, 2009 @ 10:47 am
Posting my comment on this a bit late. I have the site set up to automatically post photos sometimes even if I’m not around so I wont get too far behind. Anyways we rode our rented motorbike from Penang Hill to the Kek Lok SI Temple, which is the largest Buddhist temple in SE Asia. It was quite amazing, will all sorts of different temples, rooms, towers, chambers, Buddhas etc.
Comment by Peg — April 3, 2009 @ 12:26 pm
I like all the pictures–they’re all so intense–so vivid, colorful, and crisp. Remind me a little bit of that Japan project you did when you were in junior high. (And didn’t we take pictures at the Japan part of Epcot Center?)
But WOW! WOW! WOW! I ***LOVE*** the one of you!!! SOOOO COOL!!! SO VERY, VERY, VERY COOL!!! Was it hard to strike that perfectly symmetrical pose? And in your Tiger tank, no less! Your Christmas $2 tank! Hehe. Too bad the Old English “D” couldn’t have been in there somewhere. Oh, well, can’t have everything. And, by the way, this photo, much as I LOVE it, doesn’t surprise me one bit, either. Heck, It’s pretty reminiscent of the photo of you hanging, gymnast-on-rings style, from the door jams on University Drive. That was when you were about . . . five? And you were already well into in-air perfection by that age! You’re amazing, Joshua John!
Comment by dadman — April 3, 2009 @ 8:25 pm
I’m surprised you didn’t get arrested for climbing around on the temple! Looks like quite the place. Thanks for putting up more pictures. I almost missed these!
Comment by Miriam — April 3, 2009 @ 11:36 pm
Did you note the Chinese symbol for friendship on the chest of the Supreme Bliss Buddha. Hitler used that as the symbol of his political party the Nazi. Your great uncle John Paul had a quilt made with that pattern. His mother didnot like it, but quilted it anyway. Grandpa
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