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The Misconception Of The “100,000” Praying Monk Photo

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While many think this is a photograph of thousands of monks praying for world peace, it is actually a photograph of something far different – something far more sinister. According to Foreign Policy magazine, the original poster of the picture, it showcases monks in Thailand in a mass celebration, which was “inspired by the head abbot’s fascination with the Muslim hajj gatherings and Nazi parades…”

Luke Duggleby, the photographer, was able to capture images of the ceremony by laying in crazy angles and using air vents as foot holds. As Luke says, “a photograph must always be accompanied by an explanation, and if that explanation is incorrect, misleading or a total lie then the image becomes something that it’s not. With social media being able to access so many people very quickly that could be a very dangerous thing.”