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Offering Immortality

Offering Immortality

Status of one of the six female disciples kneeling in front of the much bigger status of Buddha Shakyamuni statue at Ngong Ping Lantau Island in Hong Kong. This disciple is offering Buddha the peaches of immortality.

This disciple is wearing a bindi in the middle of her forehead, which is an Indian decoration. Her arm and wrist bracelets look Indian, and the fabric looking her arms may be an interpretation of the sari.

In the origin story of Monkey, this mischievous magical being who turned up in Chinese heaven just before the feast of the Immortal Peaches, a long awaited event as the peaches only ripened once every 3000 years. The theme of Monkey's life is that things always go wrong for him, and he caused havoc in the process of escaping. and of course he ate a peach because it looked so good. He already had magical powers, but this caused him to become immortal.

I read a book with this and other stories in my childhood and loved Monkey, Pigsy and Tripitaka. Later I discovered the Japanese TV series and watched only a couple of them. This reminds me to hunt them down to watch properly.

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Photo taken on 19 November 2018 (© Theen ... / Flickr)

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