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Image of Asia: Lighting incense at Erawan Shrine

August 24, 2015

In this photo by Charles Dharapak, a worshipper lights incense at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok a week after the bombing that killed 20 people and injured scores. The shrine is dedicated to the Hindu god Brahma, but is extremely popular among Thailand’s Buddhists as well as Chinese tourists. Throngs of tourists come to the shrine to pray, lighting incense and offering flowers purchased from sidewalk stalls. The site at the corner of a busy intersection is a hubbub of activity, with quiet worshippers sometimes flanked by Thai dancers hired by those seeking good fortune, while groups of tourists shuffle in and out.

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