Kong Phene - Midday Drum: Kingdom of Laos Stamps Laos Stamps Thu May 26, The falls are the largest in southeast Asia and they are the main reason that the Mekong is not fully navigable into China. The falls are characterised by thousands of islands and countless waterways, giving the area its name Si Phan Don or "The 4, islands". Here are several items depicting the beauty of Khone Phapheng waterfall: From my PC collection: Mon May 30, It is a forest dwelling bovine found only in Vietnam and Laos.
Saolas have only been known to zoologists since , initially from unusual horns founded in Vietnam. Analysis of morphology and DNA has revealed that this is a new bovine genus, regarded as antelope, related to cattle, nyala, kudu and elands. This set of stamps depicts Saola, was issued to commemorate the discovery of this endemic animal.
Sun Jun 05, The World Wildlife Fund WWF is an international organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of world fauna, flora, landscapes, water and soil. To raise awareness to the endangered species issue, countries issue stamps of endangered animals of their region. Today, as few as endangered tigers prowl the forests of Laos and the neighboring countries, down from around 1, in WWF is taking action to ensure that wild tigers never go extinct in the Greater Mekong region.
Wed Jun 15, Each group has its own tradition costumes and each Laotian region may have particular clothing style including wedding costumes. The clothing has classical Laotian figures and geometric designs. In general, the grooms wear traditional blouse and pants. On the blouse, the Lao Lum grooms wear a wide sash worn across the chest and shoulders, while the Lao Sung grooms wear wide silk belt. The brides also wear traditional wedding costumes. They wear silk dress ornamented with Laotian geometric designs. The Lao Sung couple dress traditional hats. Bride wedding costumes from Luang Prabang region: Lao Lum Wedding Costumes: Lao Sung Wedding Costumes: Laos Stamps Wedding Costumes Mon Jul 11, He was born in in Muong Sua Luang Prabang.
When Fa Ngum was a child, he had been exiled to Angkor along with his father after the latter had seduced one of the concubine tied to Souvanna Khamphong. During , Fa Ngum established an army of Khmer soldiers. Until year , He conquered a large area now covered by present Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.
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Around , King Fa Ngum was deposed and sent to exile in Moung Nam mainly because abusing his power especially over women of the leading families. He was succeeded by his son, Samsenthai. King Fa Ngum died in at Muong Nam. King Pha Ngum Statue, Vientiane: Laos Stamps From my phonecards collection: Sat Jul 23, The stupas symbolizing Mount Sumeru, where King Kabinlaphom's head was kept by his seven daughters according to the legend "Nang Sang Khan". The stupas are built in front of Wats. They are sprinkled with scented water, decorated with flags and covered with yellow cloths symbolizing Buddhism.
The stupas, with their offerings are than offered to the monks, thus people gain merits. Kingdom of Laos stamps Laos Stamps From my postcard and phonecard collections: Mon Aug 08, Vientiane is the largest city of Laos. During French rule, Vientiane became the administrative capital and due to economic growth in recent times, it has become also the economic centre of Laos.
Historians believe Vientiane was an early Khmer settlement centered around a Hindu temple, which the Pha That Luang would later replace. King Setthathirath officially established it as the capital of Lan Xang in , to avoid Burmese invasion. A set of four stamps, depicting the Pha That Luang in different periods, was issued to commemorate th anniversary of Vientiane: A special commemorative banknote of Kip was issued to commemorate the th anniversary of Vientiane, depicting Pha That Luang and the statue of King Setthathirath, the founder of the city.
The back side depicting the Ho Phra Keo temple in Vientiane: Fri Aug 19, Today, Laos has about domesticated elephants. Most of them are engaged in timber harvesting operations by logging companies and therefore causal to the destruction of elephant habitat. The following items depicting domesticated elephants working in timber harvesting: Working elephant — the elephant festival, Hongsa, - from my postcards collection: Sun Sep 11, Waterfalls in Laos, July 28, Tad Fan waterfall - Champasak province: Tad Sae waterfall - Luang Prabang province: Kuang Si waterfall - Luang Prabang province: Khonphapheng waterfall - Champasak province: Waterfall near Lakxao - Bolikhamxai province - from my PC collection: Wed Sep 14, Li Pi waterfall - Champasak province: Tad Set - Saravane province: Sat Sep 17, Hmong groups began a gradual southward migration in the 18th century due to political unrest and to find more arable land.
Here are several stamps depicting different woman and man costumes of the Hmong: Tue Sep 20, Phra Wetsandon Buddhist Legend Jataka refer to legends concerning the previous births of the Buddha as were told by the Buddha himself in his sermons to emphasize certain moral ways of life. One of the important Jataka is a legend telling about the Buddha life prior to his incarnation as a Prince Phra Wetsandon.
The legend tells about the Prince and his family when they went to exile. It was when the father heard that the Prince gave the Kingdom white elephant to nearby country. The Prince and his family suffered a lot in exile and their children were taken to be slaves by the Brahman Xuxouk. When the King heard about his son suffering and merits, he ordered him and his family to come back from exile and rule the Kingdom.
Prince Wetsandon is giving the Kingdom's white elephant: The Prince and his family were exiled to the forest: Prince Wetsandon children are taken to slavery by Xuxoux, the Brahman: Prince Wetsandon wife returns to the prince: Fri Sep 30, Lao Dances The Lao folkloric tradition incorporates a wide repertoire of folk dances Fon Phun Muang based on ancient animist rituals, on celebrations of the passing of the seasons and other dances adapted from courtly performance genres.
Traditional Lao dances are performed by the different Lao ethnic groups in several occasions such as religious festivals, family events and community events. One of the most popular Lao social dances is the celebrated Lamvong circle dance , in which couples dance circles around one another until there are three circles in all - a circle danced by the individual, a circle danced by the couple, and a circle danced by the whole crowd. The Lamvong is danced to a slow rhythm performed by an ensemble led by the Khene, featuring delicate and precise movements of the hands.
Subtle differences characterize the style of Lamvong performed in different regions. Stamps, Proofs, Covers and More All times are UTC. Page 1 of 2. Previous topic Next topic. Thank you very much, Mari, for your warm words. I glad you enjoy the posts in the different threads. I also like your input especially the animal stamps you are posting and the nice art set of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Feel free to post in this thread too as well as in others. Thank you very much, Glen! I glad you enjoy the thread Global Administrator wrote: I also like Luang Prabang and have good memories from my visit there. With time, will post many stamps and items depicting the beauty of this city. There are several stamps depicting the Plain of Jars. I will post them in other time, but here now two items depicting the site.
First, is a stamp issued by Laos on March 20, Second, is a label depicting real photo of the plain, issued by France when Laos was a part of Indo-China colony: Wish you bon voyage!! Indeed, the Royal stamps, most of them beautifully engraved, were printed in France. After the fall of the Kingdom, stamps issued in were printed mainly in DDR high quality or Vietnam low quality. Fortunately, the stamps of this period depicting mainly Lao themes. Here is one example from this period: Unfortunately, from until !! Many of them depicting themes which have nothing with Laos like space, cars, sport, underground trains etc.
I personally don't like this period. Here is one example from these years: From , stamps were printed in Thailand and I agree with you that the quality and artistry of the stamps improved massively. Many cats were apparently sacrificed during the Sui CE era, so their actions could be revenge. In contemporary Chinese RPG imagery, Mao Gui has often been reinterpreted as a cute kitten, but their adorable appearance could be deceptive.
An interpretation of Mao Gui serves as the main plot in the fantasy film Legend of the Demon Cat by renowned director Chen Kaige, out in December this year.
Spirits of trees that are hundreds of years old, which are believed to be rainmakers, guardian protectors with healing powers in their leaves and flowers. The leader among plant spirits, the Shu Jing enjoy tributes of food and drink. Old trees are very much venerated in China — it is said that if they are cut, they would bleed. Seen by those out at sea from their boats, they appear on the crest of waves and are believed to portend danger and disaster.
Otherwise, they are mostly harmless. People out sailing who see them usually feed them rice, turn their ships and head back to shore, grateful for the warning. Believed to be spirits of deceased foxes that lie unburied. They like to reside in plates, bowls and other domestic objects.
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These are friendly ghosts, and not to be confused with fox demons. The benign spirits of animals such as weasels, foxes and raccoons sometimes referred to as Wu Xian, the Five Spirits were venerated in many places around China. These are beings whose heads can detach themselves from their bodies, fly out and wander around while they are asleep, flapping the ears like wings on their wanderings.
Hu Shen likes to tap people on the shoulders from the back and converse with them. Friendly yet powerful, Hu Shen can command tigers. He likes to guide lost travelers through woods and forests. These ghouls were believed to be the ghosts of a pair of friends who were in death as they were in life.
They were given the task of hunting stray souls by Yan Wang, king of the underworld. There has been, and still is, much love for this pair of ghoulish helpers in Chinese pop culture. Tailless Black Li is a black dragon without a tail, banisher of floods, venerated in northeastern-most China. Legend says this black dragon was born into a family with the name of Li.
When he turned into a dragon, many feared he was a monster, and cut off his tail. But Li Hei still loved his homeland very much. When the white dragon brought on the floods, he subdued them.
The villagers severely regretted how they had treated Li Hei, so they named their province Heilongjiang Black Dragon River. The Bai minority in Yunnan have a similar myth that involves a dragon pearl and a little yellow dragon. Fierce protector gods who devour ghosts and demons. They come in multitudes.
Some live in the human world, others in the heavens. Due to their demon-like appearance, they have often been seen as such in pop culture — vampiric, women-snatching, haunters of the wilderness. The female Ye Cha are generally much better-looking. These creatures are popular with tattooists. A bird demon that can shed its feathers and turn into a beautiful woman. Her favorite hobby is to snatch children at night. Gu Huo Niao has graced the pages of classical and modern Chinese literature, and continues to haunt computer games not only from China but also Southeast Asia.
They are believed to be ghosts of women who were horribly wronged during their lives, the essence of whose spirits have remained in the bones for hundreds of years after the corpses had decayed. Confucian churches and sects: The Queen Mother of the West , known by various local names , is a goddess in Chinese religion and mythology , also worshipped in neighbouring Asian countries, and attested from ancient times. The first historical information on her can be traced back to oracle bone inscriptions of the fifteenth century BC that record sacrifices to a "Western Mother".
From her name alone some of her most important characteristics are revealed: She is also known in contemporary sources as the Lady Queen Mother. In the Maternist current of Chinese salvationist religions she is the main deity and is called upon as the Eternal Venerable Mother. Commoners and poets of the era referred to her more simply as the "Queen Mother", the "Divine Mother", or simply "Nanny" Amah. The first mentions of the Queen Mother date back to the oracle bone inscriptions of the Shang dynasty — BC. Crack-making on day IX 9th day , we divined.
If we make offering to the eastern mother and the western mother, there will be approval. Western Mother refers to an archaic divinity residing in the west. The exact nature of the Mother divinities in the Shang dynasty is unclear, but they were seen as powerful forces deserving of ritual by the people of the Shang dynasty. Originally, from the earliest known depictions of her in the Guideways of Mountains and Seas during the Zhou dynasty , she was a ferocious goddess with the teeth of a tiger , who sent pestilence down upon the world.
After she was adopted into the Taoist pantheon, she was transformed into the goddess of life and immortality.
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One of the earliest written references to the Queen Mother comes from the writings of the Taoist writer Zhuangzi c. The Queen Mother of the West obtained it [the Dao] No one knows her beginning; no one knows her end. Zhuangzi describes the Queen Mother as one of the highest of the deities, meaning she had gained immortality and celestial powers. Zhuangzi also states that Xiwangmu is seated upon a spiritual western mountain range, suggesting she is connected to not only the heavens, but also to the west.
During the Tang dynasty June 18, — June 4, poetry flourished throughout China this period is commonly known as the "Golden age of Chinese poetry". It was during this period that the Queen Mother became an extremely popular figure in poetry. Her mythology was recorded in the poems of the Quan Tangshi , a collection of surviving poems of an estimated 50, written during the period [ citation needed ] from the Tang dynasty.
After the fall of the Tang dynasty, c. The Queen Mother of the West usually is depicted holding court within her palace on the mythological Mount Kunlun , usually supposed to be in western China a modern Mount Kunlun is named after this. Her palace is believed to be a perfect and complete paradise, where it was used as a meeting place for the deities and a cosmic pillar where communications between deities and humans were possible. Although not definite there are many beliefs that her garden had a special orchard of longevity peaches which would ripen once every three thousand years,  others believe though that her court on Mount Kunlun was nearby to the orchard of the Peaches of Immortality.
No matter where the peaches were located, the Queen Mother of the West is widely known for serving peaches to her guests, which would then make them immortal. She normally wears a distinctive headdress with the Peaches of Immortality suspended from it. Flourishing parasols, we reach the chronograms' extremity; Riding on the mist, I wander to Lofty Whirlwind Peak. Celestial people-What a Crowd! A lofty meeting inside the Cyan Audience Hall. Every thousand years, her purple crabapple ripens; Every four kalpas, her numinous melon produces abundantly.