Chinese temples in Ho Chi Minh City differ from Buddhist temples in Japan in many ways. One of them is the shape of the incense sticks. The incense sticks in the censer are longer than those seen in Japan, and spiral incense sticks hang from the ceiling. These differences are also elements that add a touch of exoticism to the experience.
When I arrived at the Thien Hau, a Taoist temple, what I initially thought was a strange object hanging from the ceiling was, upon closer inspection, incense sticks. People hang them from the ceiling using long sticks. I had never noticed such spiral-shaped incense sticks in Japan, but I had never seen them in temples on a large scale. To me, coming from Japan, they look like mosquito coils, but Vietnamese spiral incense sticks are not for mosquitos.
|Jun 2009 STILL LIFE VIETNAM|
|HO CHI MINH CITY INCENSE STICK SWIRL TEMPLE|
June 2, 2009
February 2, 2023
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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