Old Glory Mosque and a pile of ox bones

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Old Glory Mosque and a pile of ox bones

Linxia, Gansu, 2009

While Islam forbids the consumption of blood, which is haram, eating the marrow within bones is permitted. This pile of freshly scrapped yak bones is one of many after a feast in Linxia (also called Hezhou), or “China’s Little Mecca,” in southwestern Gansu. In Linxia, the garbage collector picks up all kinds of refuse, including discarded yak bones. In the background, you can see Old Glory Mosque (Lao Huasi 老华寺), one of the oldest and largest mosques in Linxia.