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Belly Man

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 28 August 2013 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

For some reason, when I saw this fat-bellied Buddha on a street in Kyoto, I thought about a very old, traditional children's rhyme I'd heard in New Orleans when I was a kid.

Little girls would chant it while they were jumping rope, in a sort of lilting, creole, sing-song cadence. Most of what I remember of it is the chorus; it went something like this:
"Belly-man, Belly-man,
Why you so fat...?"

To which "Belly-man" would reply in that same cadence with a list of all the things he'd previously eaten. And then as the jump ropers sped up their pace, he'd promise to eat them all up, too.

It was fun to watch and hear!

NIKON D80 1/160 second F/6.3 ISO 100 40 mm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld (Old West Wales Boy), Germany

Pictures and memories,nice.

28 Aug 2013 11:10am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I've never heard of that "Belly-man" rhyme, but it fit your capture well. ;D

28 Aug 2013 12:06pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: I think it was a real "New Orleans" creole thing.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I can totally relate to this shot Glenn! ;-)

28 Aug 2013 12:42pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

For a second there I thought it must be Tuesday. ;-)

28 Aug 2013 4:12pm

@B. Thomas: Let's just call this day "Whacky Wednesday."

tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Here, we call him the 'laughing buddha', thick earlobes to show kindness and good fortune, and always smiling. He makes his appearance the most during Chinese New Year, a little like the Chinese version of Santa Claus :)

29 Aug 2013 12:09am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Neat shot.

29 Aug 2013 3:53am

1/160 second
ISO 100
40 mm