Saturday, March 10, 2012

Jumping Cat Monastery

The 18th century monastery Ngaphechaung better known as “The Jumping Cat Monastery” was next on the agenda. Walking in the dimly lit room past the beautiful carved wooden altars with Buddhist statues on them, we had a discussion with a monk who was well-versed about places and culture of America. After buying some crude nativity sets in lacquer round boxes (a rather odd place to find Christian gifts, but we took advantage of the shopping opportunity), we watched the stars of the place - the cats - jumping through hoops of varying heights. The cats appeared quite experienced at doing the tricks but seemed more interested in getting treats at the end of their jumping.

No comments: