Shot at Jin De Yuan, a Chinese temple in Jakarta, Indonesia.
There were people doing releasing birds in the basket in the precincts of Jin De Yuan. It seems that these people came to this Chinese temple in a group. Moreover, all of them are holding a camera. They seemed to be taking photos of each other as they released the birds.
One by one, they came near the birdcage, and while others in the group were shooting, they were taking pictures of the moment of releasing birds. When they opened the lid of the basket, the birds flew into the sky. And it is believed that people can accumulate virtues by doing that. I don't think it doesn't need a certificate for accumulating virtues, but they all came to do it in good company. They appear to be visiting and taking pictures of the proof with each other. The person who opened the lid and released the birds goes back into the crowd with a clean look on his face, probably because they got the proof in the clear. And those who have not yet completed their duties come to the basket instead.
As I watched, it was the young girl's turn. When the girl fearfully opened the lid of the basket, the birds all take off at once, and the sound of shutter echoed in the lazy air of the grounds. It was more like a photo shoot for an unsuccessful idol than an act of virtue-building.
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June 15, 2020
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