In this image, it is ostensibly about Buddhism as it has a giant Buddha statue, but it cannot be further away from reality.
The Chinese version of Buddhism is highly pragmatic. It is more concerned with this world than any other, if at all.
Hanging on that Buddha's belly is a large plaque that has the single Chinese character "Fu" meaning prosperity. That is in itself an oxymoron as Buddhism supposedly eschew all material desires.
But material desires are probably all that the man is pursuing, for he believes that touching this Buddha makes one lucky and prosperous.
Now what has this article got to do with selling stock photos, especially those of a religious theme?
If at all it says you ought to stay away from that theme if you want to improve your sales.
But I suppose I am not all too pragmatic. :-)
However it does illustrate that a picture indeed can say some words.
And maybe even provoke some thoughts, like the present crisis in Myanmar, or Burma, or even the role of religion in American politics; and that is, religion is really most relevant, or even only meaningful, when it is all about attaining happiness in this world, power and prosperity being some of the means.
Photo credits: Lawrence Wee.
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