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Goddess and Guardians

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Goddess

Goddess

I made these images at the Jade Water Village (玉水寨) outside of Lijiang (Yunnan province, China). The Village houses the Dongba cultural center of the Naxi, one of the indiginous peoples of the region. This goddess greets visitors at the entrance of the cultural center, while the line of guardians stands ever so vigilantly at the entrance to Dongba Shilou Temple, which sits on a hillside on the same grounds. Why is it that deities in this part of the world are almost always gold in color?

Standing Guard

Standing Guard

 

 

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Written by xinapray

July 6, 2011 at 12:38 am

Lijiang

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Lijiang, a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the first stop on our road trip through the eastern Tibetan Plateau.

It was sprinkling as we pulled into town but as we finished getting settled in at the inn, things eased up enough so that we could hoof it down to the town square to start exploring. And behold, this is what greeted us.
Lijiang Old Town Square with Rainbow

 

Narrow cobblestone streets (open to foot traffic only) traverse all of Old Town. Running alongside these footpaths is an amazing network of babbling brooks and waterways. As we wandered around in the cool Fall evening, I was captivated by the fresh alpine air, the rustic architecture, the impeccably clear water and the charming paving-stone walkways.
Old Lijiang Cobblestone Street

 

Devastated by a 7.0 earthquake in 1996, the town was rebuilt in the original Naxi style, with these amazing classic gray tile roofs that stretch almost as far as the eye can see. I shot this on a crisp morning as the mountain mists rolled through; it was an experience that I will not easily forget.
Old Lijiang Rooftops in the Morning Mist

 

In the evenings, Old Town springs to life with the gorgeous light cast by these red lanterns (that adorn most of the buildings). I think back on Lijiang most fondly. The word “magical” springs to mind but knowing what I know about myself and my giddiness during those days, I shall leave it as “amazing” for now.
Old Lijiang at Night

 

 

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October 14, 2010 at 1:01 am

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