Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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Nowhere else have I been where such support for the dominant religion was built into the daily life of the city. On the water taxis, a section is set aside for orange-robed Buddhist monks to stand. They get the best seat on busses. They have tons of sweet, huge temples all throughout the city. And due to the religion, everyone in the city gets up at the crack of dawn and stands outside their front door with neatly prepared packages, ready to perform their obligation of feeding the monks as they come around door to door. But despite its pervasiveness, it's more of an undercurrent to the culture - something that's always there, but in the background or just off camera.

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