31 December 2010

Guan Yin

What do you see in this picture?Well, all right, so it's the photo of a mountain (taken from the doorway of a Buddhist temple in Danshui, a bit north of Taipei).

But do you see the head of a reclining goddess, with the forehead on the right, and the main peaks in the middle constituting the nose and mouth? This hill is named after Guan Yin, a prominent deity in Taiwan.

I've heard before about this hill before, but I had never seen its outline so clearly.

I guess how you interpret this outline is up to you. Maybe some people just see a hill.