Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

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Nepal is a country rich of icons. For sure, the Face of Buddha is a Symbol among the most recurring ones. Normally it is depicted with curly, short hair, in order to show that the prince Siddhartha had cut off his topknot to renounce his prince-hood and his privileged past. At the top of the Buddha’s head, there’s also a protuberance, the Ushnisha, looking like a three-dimensional oval.

The Ushnisha represents the attainment of the Buddha’s enlightenment and his reliance in the spiritual guide, though its original function may have been to represent a crown on the Buddha’s head. These wooden-carved ones were mysteriously lying along the paths of Nagarkot.

Photo: Matteo Fabi. Nikon D60, ISO400, f/5.6, 1/125s.

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