In the Belly of the Dragon

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In the Belly of the Dragon

Patti Coblentz April 28, 2013

Absolutely stunning, Susan! How wonderful the experience surely was! #1525971

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07/24/07, Amonohashidate, Japan. A resubmit after some years into another category—as it’s one of my favorite photos. At a Buddhist Festival that was, hands down, the most powerful and moving performance I have ever seen. Staged on a flatboat in the channel, huge, golden dragons, supported by tall poles carried by dancers, writhed and raged across the revolving bridge--an amazing spectacle against the backdrop of the night sky. The music was alternately haunting, poignant and intensely dramatic. The wise Monju-Bosatsu (feminine manifestation of Buddha), was called from China to tame the ferocious dragons. A thousand torches were kindled to light the way--and here, the entire Amonohashidate channel was illuminated by hundreds of torches. When she mounted the flatboat stage, the dragons stormed down to meet her and then commenced a dramatic struggle in which the dragons were tamed by faith. These are dragon dancers beneath the dragon in a swirl of colour and light.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 16/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 400, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL

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