Since the time of Shakyamuni Buddha, it's been a traditional practice of the ordained to carry an alms bowl, to receive offerings. In India this is known as "Dānā," or generosity which helps to support ordained, so they can practice benefiting the communities worked with. In Japanese, this is called "Takuhatsu" (托鉢).  In modern-day culture, it could be thought of as "Passing the basket," or "Hat," which is very much the same in spirit.

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