Image of Asia: Collecting alms in the rain

Image of Asia: Collecting alms in the rain

In this photo, novice Buddhist monks walk to collect alms in a downpour during the monsoon season in Yangon, Myanmar. Buddhist scripture and monks' ascetic lifestyle preclude luxuries, so monks collecting alms in the predominantly Buddhist nation can often be seen on the streets without shoes or umbrellas. The annual monsoon lasts generally from June until October in Southeast Asia, and rain falling at a rate of about 10 centimeters (4 inches) an hour can frequently flood streets and fields.

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