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Outside Jokhang Monastery. The large "stoves" are NOT burning yak
butter, but tons of incense. Yak butter which burns inside the temples
Pilgrims come from all over Tibet to pray here. Some bow and
stretch themselves all day long. They first touch their foreheads, lips
and chests, then kneel, then prostrate themselves by sliding forward
(they use hand gliders for this). In order to keep their feet and legs
together, some people bind them.
The air is thick with incense.
Pilgrims walk around the temple clockwise, twirling
their praywheels. There are always thousands of pilgrims. Some sell
everything they have in order to make this pilgrimage.