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Vanishing Asia

Asia is changing rapidly. For 40 years I have been capturing the scenes of Asia that are disappearing. In some of the images which I took many years ago, what I captured is now gone. More recent images show pockets of Asia where some traditions remain. All these photos will be in the oversized book Vanishing Asia. — Kevin Kelly

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Watchtowers keep guard over a remote village in the Caucasus mountains, high in the Svaneti region of Georgia. Before roads, snow kept it cut off from the rest of the world. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Georgia #Caucasus https://instagr.am/p/CDwNjBbnsZT/

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Don’t be shy! Excessive detail, busy patterns, and abundant colors are the normal styles for neighborhood temples in Taipei, Taiwan. Each altar seems to outdo its neighbor with extreme amounts of ornamentation. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Taipei #Taiwan https://instagr.am/p/CDto1AMH82j/

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Oh the smell! Fish are dried on screens along the east coast of South Korea. Before cheap refrigerators, drying was the best way to preserve a large catch of fish. Now they are dried for their flavor. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Korea https://instagr.am/p/CDrEFtLD4X9/

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Some of the millions of pilgrims on their way to the Ganges River to be baptized during the Kumbh Mela festival. These holy men ride atop a parade vehicle organized by their camp. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Kumbhmela #India https://instagr.am/p/CDofSsaHpPW/

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The grand rice terraces of Yuanyang in Yunnan, China. Created by the Hani people, the terraces extend over many kilometers along the Red River, which flows into Vietnam. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Yuanyang #terraces #China https://instagr.am/p/CDjV4rGD4-E/

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Devotees at a religious procession in Neendakara, Kerala India dance with swords. As a demonstration of their faith they will go into a trance and strike their head and faces with the swords till blood flows. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #India https://instagr.am/p/CDeMQoEgF09/

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Along the river at the pilgrimage site of Nashik in India, women pour milk over a sacred Shiva lingam stone in a fertility rite. Often they pray for a child to be conceived. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #India #ligam #Nashik https://instagr.am/p/CDbnTbZFft9/

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The ancient towns along the Grand Canal in China are packed full of smaller canals cutting a network of water streets. Coromant birds are used to fish from the boat along a canal in Tunxi. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #China #canal https://instagr.am/p/CDZCcY_DoEu/

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The simple saffron tunic of a young monk contrasts with the ornate golden decorations on a Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. Temples are shady refuges from the heat of the afternoon sun. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CDWdoS6g14o/

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This stampede of horsemen are players in the ancient game of buzkashi in Afghanistan. They are trying to rip away the dark calf carcass being carried by the horseman at the bottom and carry it themselves. It requires incredible strength and horsemanship. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #buzkashi #Afghanistan https://instagr.am/p/CDRUECvDuX9/

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Barefoot pilgrims pass by the spires of Shwedagon temple in Yangoon, Myanmar. The spires are covered in pure gold leaf deposited by the pilgrims over centuries. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Shwedagon #Myanmar https://instagr.am/p/CDOvi2jjkRK/

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Dance and pray. Barefoot masked monks swirl in ancient silk costumes in an annual Cham festival in the Bumthang region of Bhutan, in the Himalayas. The monks dance out morality tales and old myths. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia https://instagr.am/p/CDMKrZWDwye/

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Young Buddhist monks visit the ancient weathered ruins of the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Although moss-covered now, Angkor Wat was brilliantly colored as their robes when new. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Angkor #Cambodia https://instagr.am/p/CDHA71HHrqE/

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Wash your hands and your feet before Friday prayers at the mosque. In a mosque in Safranbolu, Turkey, a wall of water spigots is set up for feet washing. Photo from my book #VanishingAsia #Turkey #Safranbolu https://instagr.am/p/CDEcKQVn6Cr/

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