Santiago Billy

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Bali, Hinduism

Published July 12th, 2012

After 8 years I've made it back to this strange island, filled with aussie tourists and a strong and vibrant religion, hinduism. The religion here is quite particular, though it shares the same basic gods of hinduism in India, it's practiced quite differently. To any traveler that's been in India and then to Bali they would notice that instead of red paint in the forehead the balinese use rice and a flower after their morning and evening prayers.

The basic washing before entering a temple is still the same, but as hindus in india tend to worship more armed gods, the balinese worship less armed ones. One other thing I found interesting is gods or deities in Bali rarely have more limbs, arms or heads. Ganesh might be the one good that has no physical difference in the way it's depicted. But lets take the case of Garuda (vehicle of Vishnu), in India it's depicted as a man with eagle wings, whereas in Bali it's depicted as an Eagle.

I must say the way of worship in Bali is much more si ...

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Day of the dead

Published November 2nd, 2011

So the kite festival was a bit "gloomy" at 8am since it started to rain, you won't get anything good between paper and rain, but then it stopped and the kites where lifted to their poles.

a bit of background, on november 1st in Guatemala we celebrate the "día de los muertos" aka "day of the dead", where family gathers and they usually tend the graves of their beloved (that's why you will see graveyard pictures here).

Flying kites is a tradition in two towns in Guatemala, Sumpango and Santiago both in the small department of Sacatepequez (central guatemalan highland, 2000~m above sea level). It's not a mayan tradition but it blended well with the day of the dead since according to catholic tradition it's the all saints day where most saints are closer to "earth".

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tu tu ru

Published August 26th, 2011

It's been a while since I've used my camera to take street photos twice in a week. I'm quite pleased about it the results where ok, nothing fantastic as stuff I see on this site, but I'll post a picture from today's photo shoot.

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It's all about (.Y.)

Published August 25th, 2011

I'm joking, maybe...

Photography --- Maybe I need to take more better pictures.

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Hello

Published August 18th, 2011

I'm new at 500px so let's see how this thing rolls.

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