The Buddhists of South Vietnam's Chau Doc province have staged their annual pilgrimage to the mountains of Nui Sam.
GV PEOPLE, PAGODA IN BACKGROUND
SV PEOPLE EATING
GV PAN PEOPLE IN STREET
SV BUDDHIST MONK WALKING THROUGH CROWD
SV MONK TALKING TO PEOPLE
SV PAN DOWN ENTRANCE TO SHRINE.
SV PEOPLE BEGGING
SV PEOPLE DOWN STEPS
LV PEOPLE IN STREET SELLING FOOD AND FOOD STALLS (2 shots)
SV PEOPLE WALKING IN STREET (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN CROWDED STREET
SV PEOPLE SELLING FRUIT.
SV WOMAN RECEIVING MONEY
SV BEGGARS SEATED IN ROAD
SV FRONT OF SHRINE.
SV WOMEN PRAYING
SV AND CU BUDDHIST NUN
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Background: The Buddhists of South Vietnam's Chau Doc province have staged their annual pilgrimage to the mountains of Nui Sam. For three days several thousand pilgrims prayed for peace and prosperity.
Despite the insecurity caused by the war, pilgrims came from many parts of Chau Doc province.
Almost all Buddhists in the province belong to the Hoa Hoa sect.
during the three days they sang songs and danced in accordance with the Hoa Hoa customs.
Most of their prayers and chants were centred on the oze topic -- peace and prosperity.
Pilgrims crowded the narrow streets of the city, patronising the many stalls that had been set up to sell food and trinkets.
The Buddhists of Chau Doc firmly believe that peace time living conditions will be better than those of the war.