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3 weeks ago

photo by: @yannis.karalis_photography story: @ealesmichael ・・・ Temple beggar ------------------ In most working temples in Cambodia you will find beggars at the temple gate or on the flight of steps leading up to the pagoda. People have lots of opinions about begging, but the connection with temples is centuries old. Even in European monasteries there is a tradition of giving alms. It is a symbiotic relationship. For the giver you make merit by donating, and ensure you do not reincarnate as a poor person. The act of giving, as well as compassion, is important in Buddhism. The receiver is often on the edges of the community, disabled, older widows with no financial support, mothers with children but no money. There is no state support available. Being a temple beggar is an honourable thing. Some say 'stop giving and they will stop begging', but for these people asking for alms and receiving help from the monastery is the best they can do in a poor country. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers

3 weeks ago

photo by: @yannis.karalis_photography ・・・ Temple beggar ------------------ In most working temples in Cambodia you will find beggars at the temple gate or on the flight of steps leading up to the pagoda. People have lots of opinions about begging, but the connection with temples is centuries old. Even in European monasteries there is a tradition of giving alms. It is a symbiotic relationship. For the giver you make merit by donating, and ensure you do not reincarnate as a poor person. The act of giving, as well as compassion, is important in Buddhism. The receiver is often on the edges of the community, disabled, older widows with no financial support, mothers with children but no money. There is no state support available. Being a temple beggar is an honourable thing. Some say 'stop giving and they will stop begging', but for these people asking for alms and receiving help from the monastery is the best they can do in a poor country. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers

3 weeks ago

Temple beggar ------------------ In most working temples in Cambodia you will find beggars at the temple gate or on the flight of steps leading up to the pagoda. People have lots of opinions about begging, but the connection with temples is centuries old. Even in European monasteries there is a tradition of giving alms. It is a symbiotic relationship. For the giver you make merit by donating, and ensure you do not reincarnate as a poor person. The act of giving, as well as compassion, is important in Buddhism. The receiver is often on the edges of the community, disabled, older widows with no financial support, mothers with children but no money. There is no state support available. Being a temple beggar is an honourable thing. Some say 'stop giving and they will stop begging', but for these people asking for alms and receiving help from the monastery is the best they can do in a poor country. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthldv #whptimetravel @500px @athensvoice

3 weeks ago

photo by: @yannis.karalis_photography ・・・ 26/01/17 - Serenity -------------------------------- Over time Siem Reap has become more and more commercialised, people literally chasing a dollar. Tuk tuk drivers persistently ask you if you need one, even if they have just seen you get out of another one. We were in a night market when a power cut plunged us into total darkness, out of which came a voice "You want to buy something". This goes right to the very top. Much of the key tourist infrastructure is outsourced or leased to private companies (like Angkor Wat ticket sales, or the pier for Ton le Sap), so ordinary people often feel that they are not getting their fair share of tourist income, so they need their own ways to get as much as possible. From next month Angkor entry tickets will rise from $20 to $37 for a one-day pass, and from $40 to $62 for a three-day pass. Other prices are sure to follow. Pub Street used to still have a certain elegance, bars with great decor and traditional restaurants. Now it is dominated by noise from dance bars, street sellers and even more guys offering tuk tuks or numerous other services. In amongst all of this the lady in the picture emanated serenity, an inner core of peace. She asked for nothing, but gave much. She represents another way of being which we have been lucky to find, something of the best nature of Cambodia. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers

3 weeks ago

・・・ Phnom Kulen -------------------------------- Phnom Kulen was once the site of Mahendraparvata, ancient capital of the first Khmer empire. Now it is mainly jungle through which flows the sacred river of a thousand lingas, and many temples and monuments are still hidden. At its high point there is a working temple with a reclining Buddha carved into the peak with a monastery built around it. As you walk around the back of the carving a sign says "Please do not write on the Buddha", of course this is an open invitation for it to be covered in messages, some spiritual and some profane. The temple attracts pilgrims and beggars alike. You can change dollars into small denomination Riel to distribute to the forty or so beggars who line the long flight of steps...it is good kharma for pilgrims to do this. The pilgrim will not be disappointed, there is a 'footprint' of the Budha, an outsize outline of a foot carved into concrete; there is water from the sacred river which (for a donation) a monk will pour over a linga, with which you annoint your head; another monk will offer a personal blessing. A senior monk gives teaching with microphone and loudspeaker. Children run around and the more enterprising will "look after" your shoes (for a tip). We imagine working temples were always like this, vibrant lively places with quiet meditative places within, not the peace and quiet of a modern spa which aims to create a spiritual experience. The pilgrim in the photograph looked very pleased with all she was experiencing. read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com Photography📷: @yannis.karalis_photography Story📝:@ealesmichael ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers

3 weeks ago

Phnom Kulen -------------------------------- Phnom Kulen was once the site of Mahendraparvata, ancient capital of the first Khmer empire. Now it is mainly jungle through which flows the sacred river of a thousand lingas, and many temples and monuments are still hidden. At its high point there is a working temple with a reclining Buddha carved into the peak with a monastery built around it. As you walk around the back of the carving a sign says "Please do not write on the Buddha", of course this is an open invitation for it to be covered in messages, some spiritual and some profane. The temple attracts pilgrims and beggars alike. You can change dollars into small denomination Riel to distribute to the forty or so beggars who line the long flight of steps...it is good kharma for pilgrims to do this. The pilgrim will not be disappointed, there is a 'footprint' of the Budha, an outsize outline of a foot carved into concrete; there is water from the sacred river which (for a donation) a monk will pour over a linga, with which you annoint your head; another monk will offer a personal blessing. A senior monk gives teaching with microphone and loudspeaker. Children run around and the more enterprising will "look after" your shoes (for a tip). We imagine working temples were always like this, vibrant lively places with quiet meditative places within, not the peace and quiet of a modern spa which aims to create a spiritual experience. The pilgrim in the photograph looked very pleased with all she was experiencing. read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthldv #whptimetravel @500px @athensvoice

4 weeks ago

photo by: @yannis.karalis_photography ・・・ 26/01/17 - Serenity -------------------------------- Over time Siem Reap has become more and more commercialised, people literally chasing a dollar. Tuk tuk drivers persistently ask you if you need one, even if they have just seen you get out of another one. We were in a night market when a power cut plunged us into total darkness, out of which came a voice "You want to buy something". This goes right to the very top. Much of the key tourist infrastructure is outsourced or leased to private companies (like Angkor Wat ticket sales, or the pier for Ton le Sap), so ordinary people often feel that they are not getting their fair share of tourist income, so they need their own ways to get as much as possible. From next month Angkor entry tickets will rise from $20 to $37 for a one-day pass, and from $40 to $62 for a three-day pass. Other prices are sure to follow. Pub Street used to still have a certain elegance, bars with great decor and traditional restaurants. Now it is dominated by noise from dance bars, street sellers and even more guys offering tuk tuks or numerous other services. In amongst all of this the lady in the picture emanated serenity, an inner core of peace. She asked for nothing, but gave much. She represents another way of being which we have been lucky to find, something of the best nature of Cambodia. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers

4 weeks ago

26/01/17 - Serenity -------------------------------- Over time Siem Reap has become more and more commercialised, people literally chasing a dollar. Tuk tuk drivers persistently ask you if you need one, even if they have just seen you get out of another one. We were in a night market when a power cut plunged us into total darkness, out of which came a voice "You want to buy something". This goes right to the very top. Much of the key tourist infrastructure is outsourced or leased to private companies (like Angkor Wat ticket sales, or the pier for Ton le Sap), so ordinary people often feel that they are not getting their fair share of tourist income, so they need their own ways to get as much as possible. From next month Angkor entry tickets will rise from $20 to $37 for a one-day pass, and from $40 to $62 for a three-day pass. Other prices are sure to follow. Pub Street used to still have a certain elegance, bars with great decor and traditional restaurants. Now it is dominated by noise from dance bars, street sellers and even more guys offering tuk tuks or numerous other services. In amongst all of this the lady in the picture emanated serenity, an inner core of peace. She asked for nothing, but gave much. She represents another way of being which we have been lucky to find, something of the best nature of Cambodia. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld #whpdisguise @500px @athensvoice

1 month ago

24/01/17 - The fisherman -------------------------------- Tonle Sap (Great Lake) is a seasonally flooding freshwater lake at the heart of Cambodia. It rises from 2700 sq. km to 16,000 sq. km at its peak. Its varied and extremely productive ecosystem is of vital economic importance to Cambodia as it was at the height of the Khmer Empire. Taking a wooden boat from Siem Reap you can see houses on tall stilts to accommodate the floods and the floating villages of many ethnic Vietnamese and Cham communities, with their own floating chuches, schools, markets, library and even floating basketball court. People make their living by fishing (The lake produces about 400,000 tonnes of fish per year). As we are now in the dry season people can fish from the dry banks that emerge from the mangroves, skillfully throwing nets and from what we could see, bringing up a haul of fish every time. A hard job in the hot Cambodian sun and the muddy brown water. A timeless picture linking past and present. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

1 month ago

📸 @yannis.karalis_photography ・・・ 21/01/2017 - A tribute to experience -------------------------------- This beautiful lady is a tribute to many Cambodians of her generation probably born into a newly independent Cambodia (Independence 1953), the partial occupation by the North Vietnamese in the 1970's and carpet bombing by President Nixon leading to support for the Khmer Rouge. From 1975 to 1979 she must have survived the totalitarian dictatorship of Pol Pot, who made urban dwellers move to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour. Executions, hard working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 % of the Cambodian population, an estimated 2 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million). She is a survivor. She now lives in a more prosperous and hopeful Cambodia which has only existed since 1993. We hope her experience is now a peaceful one. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves

1 month ago

21/01/2017 - A tribute to experience -------------------------------- This beautiful lady is a tribute to many Cambodians of her generation probably born into a newly independent Cambodia (Independence 1953), the partial occupation by the North Vietnamese in the 1970's and carpet bombing by President Nixon leading to support for the Khmer Rouge. From 1975 to 1979 she must have survived the totalitarian dictatorship of Pol Pot, who made urban dwellers move to the countryside to work in collective farms and forced labour. Executions, hard working conditions, malnutrition and poor medical care caused the deaths of approximately 25 % of the Cambodian population, an estimated 2 to 3 million people (out of a population of slightly over 8 million). She is a survivor. She now lives in a more prosperous and hopeful Cambodia which has only existed since 1993. We hope her experience is now a peaceful one. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack #cambodia ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

1 month ago

Cyclists in mourning -------------------------------- Many Thai people wear black in mourning for the death of their much loved king. We have noticed this a lot in rural Thailand. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is closed to normal visitors and is just open to prople who want to go inside to sign a book of condolence. It can take up to three hours in the slow moving queue. Free water and juice stations have been set up to keep people going in the hot sun by the white painted walls of the palace. It is a moving pageant in black and white. People come by the bus load from outlying provinces, starting very early in the morning and probably visiting a temple on the way back. Amongst all of this a group from a cycling club pedalled in, of course with black cycling helmets, to pay their respects together. They looked like they had somehow strayed in from a cycling tour. In mourning the old world and the modern world come together. ---------------------------------------------------------- read more on: www.karalisphoto.com / www.travelsofftrack.com ---------------------------------------------------------- #Thailand #yanniskaralis_photography #travelsofftrack #thailandofftrack ---------------------------------------------------------- Photography: @yannis.karalis_photography Story:@ealesmichael #travel #traveller #instalifo #athensvoice #500px #hubs_united #bbcearth #earthfocus #natgeo #earthonlocation #budha #nikonphotography #nikonphotographers #nikonphoto #nikonnofilter #nikonofficials #nikoncamera #nikonphotographer #nikon #earthpix #vsco #goprothailand #goprothchallenge #bookingloves #backpackers #amzthld @500px @lifomag

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