Photographer's Note

All visitors to the Buddhist countries of South East Asia will have been greeted by the 'wai'. This child is making it the temple . In Thailand, Burma, Cambodia and Laos, the 'wai' is the common and traditional form of greeting and it is very much part of the culture. You see mothers teaching children to make it before they can even speak. It is used for children to their parents and by the people to the monks. It is made by the junior to the senior, on meeting. The senior then gives a wai in return, but slightly lower. If a senior ‘wais’ a junior first, it seems silly to the locals. It is used for ‘Wai Phra’ as well, that is paying respect to a Buddha image

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