Desert Mazâr: Sacred Sites in Western China

Unrevealed, Site 4 (Colored Cribs)

Wooden markers are painted bright colors and are a sign of wealth, because they need to be both built and maintained. Poplar trees, planted throughout oasis towns south of the Taklamakan Desert, serve as barriers and are useful in mazâr practice.

Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, 2009