I looked around at the gate of Jin De Yuan and saw a number of box-like baskets placed in front of it. If you look closely, you can see that every one of them is filled with live birds. Each box had small birds for release as a Buddhist ritual. The fact that many similar sized boxes were placed in front of the temple made me feel as if the industrial products had been delivered.
The bird releasing, which is not so common in Japan, is not rare in Southeast Asia. I saw a man with a basket of birds at the gate of a Chinese temple in Ho Chi Minh City, a birdcage at the gate of a temple in Myanmar, and a woman preparing birds for releasing at the Erawan Temple in Bangkok. And there seemed to be also a lot of people releasing birds here at Jin De Yuan. I wondered how many birds were in these boxes.
The releasing of the birds seems to be similar to the Thanksgiving Day event in which the president of the United States pardons a turkey from its fate of being slaughtered. But I think. What happens to the little birds that are released? If people just let them go, won't the surrounding area be full of birds? I heard that in Myanmar, freed birds are caught by children in the neighborhood to earn money, but how about in Jakarta?
November 8, 2020
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