Thursday, February 24, 2005

Spirit tree, Renjom Gompa

shrine tree, originally uploaded by mutikonka1.

It has threads tangled up in its branches. A shrine to the weather gods.

Joseph Rock saw something similar in 1926: "a scarecrow to ward off evil weather" he wrote. "The structure resemblling a primitive radio tower was erected by Hsifan sorcerers. These towers are built once in every three or four years and are believed to be especially effective as protection against hail."

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