In the Belly of the Dragon

© Susan Jane Allen

In the Belly of the Dragon

Laura Bailey 7/26/2007 6:12:16 PM

Wonderful narrative and spectacular capture with vibrant colors, Susan! Thanks for sharing both! #699817

Susan Jane Allen 7/26/2007 9:19:42 PM

Thanks Laura! I wish my words were real moving pictures that could adequately bring this powerful and poignant spectacle to life for everyone! #4565687

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07/24/07, Amonohashidate, Japan. At a Buddhist Festival that was, hands down, the most powerful and moving performance I have ever seen. Staged on a flatboat in the channel, huge, golden dragons, supported by tall poles carried by dancers, writhed and raged across the revolving bridge--an amazing spectacle against the backdrop of the night sky. The music was alternately haunting, poignant and intensely dramatic. The wise Monju-Bosatsu (feminine manifestation of Buddha), was called from China to tame the ferocious dragons. A thousand torches were kindled to light the way--and here, the entire Amonohashidate channel was illuminated by hundreds of torches. When she mounted the flatboat stage, the dragons stormed down to meet her and then commenced a dramatic struggle in which the dragons were tamed by faith. These are dragon dancers beneath the dragon in a swirl of colour and light. No more special effects catagory, so perhaps digital darkroom?

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