Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Travel Photo Thursday: July 21st.


It's Travel Photo Thursday and this was taken in Mongolia on the road leading out of Ulaan Bataar which leads out to Khar Khorin.

A cairn ( ovoo in Mongolia, which is mainly Buddhist ) where travellers seek good fortune from the spirits. Walking clockwise around this 3 times then placing an offering (usually a blue prayer flag, however we placed stones ) upon the cairn invokes good fortune from the spirits. A real nice way of starting a journey in an optimistic and positive way. Note the crutches placed there.

This is posted to wish good fortune for all those participating in the Mongol Rally - Dave and Deb from The Planet D especially. My way of wishing you all a great safe journey!




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13 comments:

Debbie said...

Interesting photo as well as the story behind it. Voted, tweeted and buzzed on my way to see the rest..

Thanks for sharing Jim

Rimly said...

Reminds me of some of the wish poles here in India. I dont know if you have come across them. They are usually tied with red ribbons and have a whole lot of mini tridents stuck on to them. It is mainly to ward of evil. Very interesting picture

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Muza-chan said...

Great picture :)

Vi | Hiking in Canada said...

Interesting story.

Barbara said...

Great pic! I hope the crutches are there because someone realised they didn't need them!
I love the clouds, so beautiful, especially as I'm in Malaysia, which is -- sadly -- very hazy right now from forest burnoffs in Indonesia.

ravenmyth said...

Jim...this is a very informative story and love the photo..it reminds me of the Common Thread in cultures. The cairn where stones are places as you say..and in Native Culture the sacred cloth tied to trees or stones along with a pouch filled with herbs to be left for the Great Spirit until they are disolved by the elements. A beautiful story of ceremony and ritual...

Cathy Sweeney said...

Very cool pic and story, Jim. Hope the stones invoked good fortune for you!

Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista said...

Very interesting tradition! It will be exciting watching as the rally moves along.

Leigh said...

Great picture and what a nice gesture for those participating in the Mongol Rally. It's one wild place I'd someday like to see.

jade said...

Wow- love this photo. The energy and colors are really exciting. I'm equally pumped about the rally- wishing all of them safe travels and lots of fun!

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Michael Figueiredo said...

Very interesting story.... and well captured in this photo!

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