Hong Hing Mural Detail

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Detail of the Hong Hing Waterfront Store mural, Chemainus, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. It was painted by Paul Marcano.

The Hong Hing text panel says: “Hong Hing was actually the name of his store, his real name being Fong Yen Lew. After a half-century career as a shopkeeper, second-hand dealer, bootlegger, gambling house, and general busboy he returned to China, presumably to die. Instead, he married a woman forty years his junior, who presented him with an heir before old Hong joined his ancestors.”

Chemainus is a community on the east coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

Founded as a logging town in 1858, the town is now famous for its 39 outdoor murals. This outdoor gallery has given birth to many businesses, including a theatre, antiques dealers, and eateries. The tourist industry stemming from the murals helped rejuvenate the town after its large sawmill closed in the early 1980s and was replaced by a smaller but far more efficient mill.

The name “Chemainus” comes from the native shaman and prophet “Tsa-meeun-is” (Broken Chest). Legend says that the man survived a massive wound in his chest to become a powerful chief. His people took his name to identify their community, the Stz’uminus First Nation, formerly the Chemainus Indian Band.

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Interlocking Tiles In The Alhambra

 

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Interlockin tiles and inscription on a wall in the court of the myrtles in the Alhambra, Granada, Spain.

The inscription says: “There is no victor except God”. In the Islamic context, the geometry, the symmetry, the intricacy, the design, signify the visualization of the infinite nature of Allah, extending past the visible, material world.

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Kingdom of Granada who built its current palace and walls, and later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.

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Buddhist Nuns In A Monastery

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Buddhist nuns in a Monastery in Sagaing Hill, Myanmar.

Myanmar-Burma has one of the largest concentrations of Buddhist nuns in the world. Burmese Buddhist nuns are not regarded as full female equivalents of the monks. Nuns are given the name ‘Thilashin’, which literally means ‘owner of good moral conduct’ and take a vow to keep eight or ten precepts, shave their heads and wear their distinctive pink and red robes. Burmese Buddhist nuns devote themselves to religious functions around the clock with the intention of lessening the responsibilities of the mundane world. In the greater Burmese religious community, Burmese nuns undertake roles as ritual specialists and along with monks, often officiate at religious ceremonies. Several places including Sagaing Hill near Mandalay and Nyuangshwe are important educational centres for Myanmar’s Buddhist nuns. (KarlGrobl-JimCline).

Sagaing is the capital of Sagaing Region (formerly Sagaing Division) in Myanmar. Located on the Ayeyarwady River, 20 km to the southwest of Mandalay on the opposite bank of the river, Sagaing with numerous Buddhist monasteries is an important religious and monastic center. The pagodas and monasteries crowd the numerous hills along the ridge running parallel to the river.

Sagaing was the capital of Sagaing Kingdom (1315–1364), one of the minor kingdoms that rose up after the fall of Pagan dynasty. During the Ava period (1364–1555), the city was the common fief of the crown prince or senior princes. The city briefly became the royal capital between 1760 and 1763 in the reign of King Naungdawgyi.

On August 8, 1988, Sagaing was the site of demonstrations which were concluded by a massacre in which around 300 civilians were killed

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Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

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Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, at an elevation of approximately 6,183 feet (1,885 m). The lake has a surface area of .5 square kilometres (0.19 sq mi).
The lake, being glacially fed, does not reach its crest until mid to late June. When it is full, it reflects a distinct shade of blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.

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The boatman of the lake Taungthaman

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Lake Taungthaman is in Amarapura (Myanmar) and crosses the U Bein Bridge, the bridge of teak world’s longest (1.2 km.)

Amarapura is a former capital of Myanmar, and now a township of Mandalay. Amarapura is bounded by the Irrawaddy river in the west, Chanmyathazi township in the north, and the ancient capital site of Ava (Inwa) in the south. It was the capital of Myanmar twice during the Konbaung period (1783–1821 and 1842–1859) before finally being supplanted by Mandalay 11 km north in 1859. It is historically referred to as Taungmyo (Southern City) in relation to Mandalay.

Amarapura today is part of Mandalay, as a result of urban sprawl. The township is known today for its traditional silk and cotton weaving, and bronze casting.

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