25 March 2016

Portraying Malaysia's Ethnic Mélange

Malaysia is an interesting multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society. While Muslim Malays make up a 50 % ethnoreligious majority, there are also c. 25 % Malaysian Chinese, c. 15 % Indigenous aka Orang Asal (e.g. Dayak, Orang Ulu, Kadazan-Dusun, Orang Asli), c. 5 % Malaysian Indians and a miscellaneous group of c. 5 % Others (e.g. Eurasians). There is hence also a profusion of faiths and religions, with Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism and even Shamanism on the map.

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Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; makeup; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; beautiful; adorable; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak woman; Bidayuh woman; Bidayuh hat; tribal costume; beauty; teeth; festival; consent
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; indoor; flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; handsome; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak man; Iban man; tribal shirt; teeth; holed earlobes; stretched earlobes; holes in earlobes; ear plugs; consent
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; indoor; flash; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; beautiful; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sabah; Kota Kinabalu; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Malay woman; non-hijabi Muslima; beauty; cap; consent
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Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; female; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; incredible; beautiful; adorable; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Penang; Georgetown; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Chinese woman; young Chinese woman; beauty; teeth; festival; Chinese New Year; Chinese dress; red; consent
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; handsome; red; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Penang; Georgetown; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Chinese man; teeth; festival; Chinese New Year; sunglasses; salesman; consent
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Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; outdoor; world; cultures; cultural; religion; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; handsome; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Indian man; teeth; Sri Srinivasagar Kaliamman Temple; Hindu priest; Hindu temple; tilaka mark; consent
Matt Hahnewald Photography; Facing the World; closeup; street portrait; headshot; smoking; cigarette; hand; outdoor; world; cultures; straw hat; cultural; one person; character; people; male; adult; ethnic; traditional; human; face; eyes; eye contact; front view; en face; photography; portrait; portraiture; ethnic portrait; travel portrait; travel destination; colour; colourful; 4 : 3 aspect ratio; horizontal; smiling; posed; relaxed; Asia; Southeast Asia; Malaysia; Borneo; Sarawak; Kuching; Nikon D3100; Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; Malaysian Dayak man; modern Iban man; consent


























Street portraits of various Malaysian people in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2013-05a Portraying Malaysia's Mélange

16 March 2016

Circumambulating Arunachala Hill

The 814m-high Arunachala Hill aka Red Mountain is a holy hill at Tiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu. The hill is also known by the names Annamalai Hill, Arunachalam, Arunai, Sonagiri, and Sonachalam. It is one of the five main Shaivite holy places in South India. The Annamalaiyar Temple, a Shiva temple which is famous for its massive gopurams, some of which reach as high as 66 m, is located at the base of the hill.

Over the centuries, many devotees, pilgrims, saints, sages, and sadhus have been drawn to the Arunachala Hill. Throughout the year, they engage in the circumambulation of both Annamalaiyar Temple and Arunachala Hill, a sacred practise known as Giri Pradakshina in Sanskrit and Giri Valam in Tamil, considered to be beneficial in all ways, and an effective form of basic yoga. There are eight small shrines of lingams located in the 14 km circumference of the hill, each one associated with the twelve moon signs and manned by gangs of characterful sadhus in all shades of orange...

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There are c. 5 million sadhus in India today and they are widely respected for their holiness. About 200 of them live in caves, shacks, shrines, and under the open sky at the foot of Arunachala Hill. It is thought that their austere practices help to burn off their karma and that of the community at large. Thus mostly seen as benefiting society, these sadhus are supported by donations from many devotees and pilgrims. However, sadhus have also often been viewed with a certain degree of suspicion since posing as a sadhu at popular pilgrimage sites can be a good means of acquiring income for non-devout beggars and charlatans. There are many shades of orange in India.

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Street portraits of Shaivite sadhus from Arunachala Hill in Matt Hahnewald's
Flickr Album 2016-02b Rambling Around Arunachala Hill

Street portrait photographs of Hindu devotees from Tamil Nadu in Matt Hahnewald's
   
Street portrait photographs of sadhus from Nepal in Matt Hahnewald's
Street portrait photographs of sadhus from Tamil Nadu in Matt Hahnewald's
Street portrait photographs of sadhus from Varanasi in Matt Hahnewald's