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Just like everything in life, altar statues or ‘holy statues’ can end up being damaged or broken.
In most cultures of the world nowadays, a broken statue would just be disposed in the trash and forgotten.
In Thailand, and I suppose in other Buddhist countries, statues representing Buddha or other spiritual creatures like devas or spirit houses are never thrown away in the trash. When a statue becomes damaged, most people take them to a temple and place them in a “statue graveyard”. They are never abandoned and forgotten and many still come and place offerings.
Carry a notebook that fits easily into your camera bag, and take notes about both what you want to photograph and what you already have. When you cover a lot of subjects, it’s easy to forget.
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