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PHOTO: Smudge on the Nose of a Tibetan Child is a Form of Protection

All across Tibet, I spied kids with black marks on their noses, like this young boy at Sera Monastery in Lhasa. Our guide explained that in Tibetan Buddhism folk tradition, placing a smudge of soot on the nose of a child is believed to ensure good sleep and provide protection. Parents routinely bring their children to the monastery where monks apply the mark, using soot that has deposited on the walls from the long-term burning of butter lamps. I was curious about the “protection” part of the be...
Tags: Travel, Daily Photo, Photography, Tibet, China, Culture, Cultural Travel, Lhasa, Sera Monastery, Tibetan Buddhism



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