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Thai Temple

kayes



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· Date: January 4, 2009 · Views: 19704 ·
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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January 4, 2009 12:09pm

http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/thai88.jpg
Phoebe
Phoebe

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January 5, 2009 3:52am

Kayes, thanks for the close-up shot of the pillow. Would you also have pics as well as close-up shots of those narrative carvings under the Reclining Buddha?


Incidentally, the largest/longest man-built Reclining Buddha in South East Asia is the outdoor 'Sleeping Buddha' (as known to locals) in Tumpat, Kelantan. At 40 metres long, it's the second largest/longest in the world after the 70-metre-long Chaukhtatgyi Buddha in Burma. And, the longest and tallest 'natural' Reclining Buddha in the world is the "Sui Fudd Sarn" (Reclining Buddha Mountain) near Taman Cempaka in Ipoh.
kayes

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January 5, 2009 6:13am

Phoebe, here's one.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/thaicarve.jpg
kayes

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January 5, 2009 6:20am

Why is there "paint" on the hands?


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/handpaint.jpg
Phoebe
Phoebe

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January 5, 2009 6:38am

Many thanks for the great close-up shot, Kayes. I rarely get to see the "four-faced deity" but there it is, clear as day!


In the other picture, I think it's a case of paint having peeled away. It looks to me like the outer skin-tone paint layer has come off, thus showing the gold basecoat and metal (bronze). Many worshippers touch the Buddha's hands for good luck.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
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January 5, 2009 6:51am

Phoebe, EVERY SINGLE statue lining the walls had "paint" on the hands, especially the palms. I think it has a religious significance. This temple is very well maintained and such a condition (if due to deterioration) would never have been allowed.
Phoebe
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January 5, 2009 10:18am

Kayes,


Perhaps, I should have phrased it better than saying "paint having peeled away". Admittedly and regrettably, the phrase gave it a somewhat negative connotation. Apologies for my lazy English. What I had meant to point out was the immense popularity of Buddha's palms as evidenced from how very frequently they have been touched or rubbed by devotees/worshippers. In that sense, it has religious significance.


It is a well-known tradition among worshippers to touch Buddha's palms as it's long been a devotee's belief that doing so brings one good luck. For example, visitors to the Borobudur Temple in Java trek round the terraces to reach inside the famous 70 bell-shaped stupas to touch Buddha's hands. Similarly, in Ling Shan (China), devotees walk around the famous 12-metre tall Buddha's Palm whilst slapping it a few times for luck. The palm was originally meant for the massive Buddha statue nearby. But, during the lengthy construction phase, the locals became so drawn to the palm where workers had placed it, they started worshipping it by burning incense and rubbing their hands all over it. The authorities then decided to leave the palm as it stood and had a replica made for the statue. And in some temples in Bangkok, visitors make small donations before going up to numerous Buddha statues to lay their hands on them.
kayes

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January 5, 2009 12:17pm

Phoebe, thanks for putting me on the right track. I suppose I was confused because after so many years of photographing this temple, it was the first time I noticed how the palms look. I never noticed it before but I must be glad that my observation powers are getting sharper with age Smile!
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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January 5, 2009 2:00pm

'tis my pleasure, Kayes. Smile I'd like to think that because your Nikon lens so clearly 'touched' Buddha's hands, good luck came to you in the form of sharper observation powers. Smile!



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