Tuesday, 20 May 2014


When my mum was alive, she loved to buy a fruit known as Buddha's hand to place on the altar in our house.  This Buddha's hand (Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis) or fingered citron is segmented into finger-like sections.
You can see this fruit on the altars of temples as offerings to the Buddhas and also Taoist Deities.
According to tradition, Buddha prefers the "fingers" of the fruit to be in a position where they resemble a closed rather than open hand, as closed hands symbolize to Buddha the act of prayer.

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