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Couple agrees to remove Buddha images from fence at their Chiang Mai house

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Couple agrees to remove Buddha images from fence

By The Nation

 

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CHIANG MAI: -- An American and his Thai wife on Tuesday agreed to remove 36 Buddha-head images from the fence at their Chiang Mai house following a Facebook uproar.

 

With tears in her eyes, Nualchan Sonchanthuek, 34, said she and her American husband, Paul Blum, 68, did not expect the images would generate a commotion and they simply wanted to live their lives quietly in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district.

 

Nualchan said she and her husband thought that the use of Buddha heads would just be an artistic decoration, and did not think it would be considered disrespectful of Buddhism.

 

But she and her husband agreed to remove all the heads and workers began to do so on Tuesday, with the work expected to be completed within two days.

 

A picture of the fence with the Buddha images was posted on Facebook by a Chiang Mai resident who voiced concern that it was disrespectful of Buddhism.

 

The post generated a lot of criticism of the couple and prompted district officials to visit the house. The officials instructed the couple to remove the Buddha images within two weeks.

 

Nualchan said her husband initially had refused to remove the heads but she explained to him that the issue was sensitive for Buddhists.

 

She said her husband loved art and had bought many Buddha heads from sculptors, collecting so many of them that he had no place to keep them so he had placed them on the wall and along the path to the house.

 

“At first we thought it was right to keep them like this, but we have to respect the voice of the majority and we will take them down,” she said.

 

“We would like to issue our apology to the public. We just moved here and we did not consult anyone before doing this.”

 

Sergeant Pairin Kawai, a leader of Ban Phae Kwang village, said the issue was sensitive because it concerned religion.

 

He added that when he to the wife to remove the heads, she had replied “thank you” and complied with the order.

 

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Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30327743

 
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Disrespectful hmmm so monks drug dealing, scaming and shaging is acceptable ?

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Making and worshiping Buddha images is actually disrespectful to Buddha's teaching but that hasn't stopped anyone.

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Well, Buddhism in Thailand does seem to be losing it's way. A lot of bad press and going on's. But that doesn't mean ordinary Thais like it.

 

I'm a little surprised that the wife, who is Thai did not explain to her husband that it is seen as disrespectful to do this sort of thing with images of Buddha. I found this out sometime ago when my wife and I were working on our garden. I liked this statue of a Buddha in the lotus position I had seen, I thought it would have looked tasteful, respectful even peaceful ..... Sat in one corner of the garden, with vegetation around it and moss and vines climbing it. My wife would have none of it and explained with difficulty why most Thai could not do that, it's as much a culture thing as a Buddhist one.

I still don't see what the problem is, but I'm mindful.... It's not my following or culture and so I try and respect it. Other things Thais get a little excited about is making your house roof like a Wet temple style.

 

Maybe it a little like the feeling farang get when they see a Nazi swastika on the back of a pick-up, or Thai students dressing like Nazi storm troopers. We call them ignorant and stupid for not knowing it offends, maybe they feel the same about some peoples insensitivity towards Buddha. Just an idea.

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They are being more concerned with the statue head of a dead man than his teachings that we should be tolerant of others cultures and beliefs...

 

If the american use the heads for good and nice purpose, i dont see why not. 

 

Better than those we see everyday that don the cloth and scam others for money and sex, these are those that spat on Buddha and Buddhism. Not the American and his nice chiang mai garden.

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It was surprising to see that this made front page of a national newspaper (Thai language) today.

Actually almost half in the picture are Ganesh, how would that be disallowed seeing as its a Hindu deity.

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I've always been surprised when people get offended by stuff like this. Isn't religion supposed to be all powerful and all knowing. Does religion really need mere mortals fighting its fictional battles?

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Their country, their Buddha, you would expect Thai's to respect your country, your religion, your ways if they were in your country.

 

Sure, I have a view on this, but pointless really, their country, their Buddha, simple really.

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

 

Couple agrees to remove Buddha images from fence

By The Nation

 

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... " we have to respect the voice of the majority and we will take them down,” she said.

 

what a pity that the majority is deluded and stupid - btw. that's also a problem with democracy

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I wonder if all Americans are very offended by my wifes new undies sold by a Thai company
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What the heck was he thinking?

"He collected so many that he had no place to keep them, so he put them on the wall" - Can't argue with that logic.:whistling:

 

Regardless of the religious issue, I am racking my brains trying to think of any wall decoration more tasteless and crass than this ... Maybe if he had them spinning or lighting up at night.

 

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7 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

Their country, their Buddha, you would expect Thai's to respect your country, your religion, your ways if they were in your country.

 

Sure, I have a view on this, but pointless really, their country, their Buddha, simple really.

Actually Thailand doesn't own Buddha even tho they may think so.  There are temples and monks in places like Australia and they aren't there under licence from Thailand.

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2 hours ago, Thechook said:

Actually Thailand doesn't own Buddha even tho they may think so.  There are temples and monks in places like Australia and they aren't there under licence from Thailand.

I was metaphorically speaking

 

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