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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Prayer Wheels & Prayer Flags

The Buddhist religion runs very strong through every aspect of Bhutanese society. Every day people set aside time to visit a monastery or turn prayer wheels. These wheels can be found in most courtyards housed in buildings such as the one shown in the picture on the right. They  are to be turned clockwise and always an odd number of times (the most common being 3, the most auspicious being 108). At monasteries or places of high religious importance the prayer wheels can be over 6 feet in height with chimes attached. It is as these places where it is common to find men, women and children gathered for hours mumbling prayers to Buddha and other deities.

Prayer flags permeate towns and can be found in clusters on hillsides, hanging from bridges or roofs, and on tall poles in front of homes, buildings or playing fields. These are blessed by ministers on special occasions and placed to attract good luck, ward off evil spirits, bless the dead or pray for a healthy harvest. The writing and pictures on the flags varies depending on the reason for the placement and reinforce the prayer wish.


  1. Thank you for the commentary. We are so lucky to be able to go along with you in this way. Not only do you take beautiful photos, you are a marvelous writer as well. I can feel your emotions as you lay down the words. You are truly amazing!

  2. I am enjoying reading about your travels and glad to hear that you are doing well. I will miss you tomorrow at Thanksgiving dinner but I am very proud of you....glad that you are happy.

    I recently provided Uncle Bruce with your blog address and he is now watching your journey. Are the best and have a happy and safe, Grandma Gloria.