Buddhist prayers imprinted onto flags that are attached to tall hand hewn poles are said to disperse into the winds for the protection of people living or dead. (Those seen here are in the Ura Valley, east central Bhutan). Some are wind flags, which are erected on mountaintops and hillsides for personal wishes on behalf of the erector. Others are prayer flags, which are erected by families to cleanse the sins of their deceased family member. From coverage of revisit to Material World Project family in Bhutan, 2001.