"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Beyond The Temple Walls, Part 1: Who Will buy?


Just beyond the walls of any major temple an unofficial itinerant market invariably appears;
the Hindu equivalent of a Cathedral gift shop and tea-room.



Picture of a flute seller taken outside the Kapaleeshwarer Temple, Chennai

8 responses

  1. Are these used in private worship or within the temple?

    August 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

    • My understanding of Hindu customs is woefully meagre but I think the flutes are just bought as toys for the children.

      August 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

  2. You wrong-footed me there. That wasn’t the music I was expecting.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    • Managing to lead you up the garden path is always pure bonus, dear Lucille!

      August 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm

  3. Bother!

    August 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    • I know you are something of a soft touch when it comes to the “Who will buy?” clip from “Oliver!” and wondered if you might take the bait…

      August 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

  4. Toffeeapple

    How beautifully they are displayed.

    August 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

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