It was quiet inside the small shrine at Lak Mueang. But worshippers kept coming one after another. The guardian deity enshrined here, Chao Pho Lak Mueang, is very popular with the locals. As soon as they entered, they started to pray to the two golden pillars. And when they finished, they walked out in silence. There was no chatter here, or even people reading aloud. Silence is still appropriate for such a sanctuary. I was lost in the silence and watched the visitors.
When I looked at them, I found that they all brought flowers as an offering. I came into the shrine empty-handed and felt uncomfortable, as if I had gone to my boss's house without anything. This flower is called Phuang malai and is common in Thailand. When you visit a temple, it is always sold in front of the gate. On the other hand, no one seems to bring incense sticks to this small shrine. It should have been necessary to bring incense sticks in Japan and Thailand when you visit a temple, but nobody had them. Maybe it is prohibited to handle fire in this shrine, I guess.
December 14, 2019
RICOH GR III