Mazu pilgrim lights incense.
Every year, millions of people celebrate Mazu's birthday across coastal China and Taiwan. Mazu is a Taoist deity, goddess of the sea, and is still worshipped in these once sea-faring nations.
The Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple that was built in the 12th century. The faces represent Avalokitesvara- the bodhisattva, or buddhist saint, of compassion.
This is a closeup of the Maitreya Buddha statue in Thiksey Gompa, a monastery located in Ladakh, India-the northern part of India that is on the Tibetan Plateau and borders with the country of Tibet
A parade in the Mazu festival in Taiwan. Many of the participants in a parade act out a story from Chinese mythology. In this instance, a god is shown protecting the people from evil spirits
These red shoes are shown in a traditional Chinese house in the Chinatown district on the island of Phuket in Thailand. Thailand's population is 15% Chinese, and there are Chinatowns in most major cities.
These guards parade outside temples during festivals, playing out scenes from Chinese legends