Fangguangyan monastery, Fujian province, China: two Buddhist priests. Photograph by John Thomson, 1870-1871.
- Thomson, J. (John), 1837-1921.
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Two men, the older sitting, the younger standing, beside a table on which stands a statue of the Buddha. An interior with carved screens
Fangguanyan monastery was located in Yongtai county about 30 kilometres from Fuzhou, on the upper reach of the Min River. It was for Thomson the most interesting of all the sites near Fuzhou. During his visit he befriended the three monks dwelling there. The old priest shown in this photograph was blind and, according to Thomson, quite infirm. The younger one however was an 'able bodied, good natured youth'. Each day they strictly kept their ritual observances, as recorded here. Each day they strictly kept their ritual observances, as recorded here.
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