Sunday, May 23, 2004

Suan Lumpini

Sunday morning at Lumpini Park:

Chinese kongsi, clans, and families meet for tea and calligraphy exhibitions. There are enormous kettles and hot water flasks full of tea on every table.

Old Chinese men sit on stone benches under date palms talking, spitting, looking off into space.

Ju-jitsu. Tai Chi. Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll dancing in a red gazebo. Old women shaking their arms.

A large group of Hare Krishna followers sit on a blanket. They have a harmonium, hand drums, and various small cymbals. At one point their chanting becomes so energized that they all stand up and start dancing.

One young man performs a sword dance alone in a field.

Four young monks sit on a bench watching everything pass by.

The meeting place of various lives, philosophies, beliefs, and practices. None of them interacting specifically, but all sharing the same physical space.



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