sacred stones


The Mongolian skyline is peppered with round piles of stones called owoos, which serve as spiritual pilars. When you encounter an owoo, the respectful thing to do is bring a few pebbles from the bottom of the mountian, walk about the owoo three times, and toss at least one pebble to the top of the stone pile.

I took this self portrait in the dead of winter before dawn before walking to school to work as a teacher trainer. The temperatue was nearly 40 below zero outside, but the traditional Mongolian side-buttoning-cloaks, when worn with multiple layers do a great job of retaining most of your body heat.



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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.