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Beijing Drum and Bell Tower flags (China)

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Drum and Bell Tower flags
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 These flags, flowing in different designs, can be seen around the "drum and bell tower" in the Hutong area of Beijing. However, the meaning of these flags is unknown.
Roman Kogovsek, 21 June 2005


The Naxi are closely related to the Tibetans. Their traditional religion of Dongba shares many characteristics of the pre-Buddhist Tibetan religion of Bonpo. A form of shamanistic animism, the faith takes its name from its practitioners, who are known as "Dongba" and are invited to chant scriptures at weddings, funerals, and other festivals.
Eugene Ipavec, 21 June 2005


1The ideograms probably say "Jing Shan" (Scenic Hill), an artificial hill and garden immediately north of the Forbidden City (and actually south of the Drum and Bell Towers).
Miles Li, 21 June 2005

2The ideogram on these flags simply read "Drum".
Miles Li, 22 June 2005