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

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11 minutes ago, Adeeos said:

 

I can understand that,,, But if this is so,,, Who/what company supplied them knowing this? Did this couple go someplace and specifically order only heads? If so, why would the supplier not mention this fact, and refuse to supply them?.. Honestly curious..

These are good questions, and I'm curious too. The article says that the heads were part of the farang owner's collection, which he obtained from "sculptors," but from the pictures they all look identical, as though purchased from a single supplier or contractor. You can buy Buddha heads (and hands, and feet) at antique shops around the country -- the shops at River City in Bangkok have some very nice ones (and expensive!), but it's difficult to export them. And I suppose for enough money a Thai laborer would install them on the wall, or the article seems to imply that the farang did that himself, or maybe a local Karen did it (most Karens are evangelical Christians). Who knows!

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14 hours ago, Moonmoon said:

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.

One word describes the Buddha heads lined up along the fence - "crass". 

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9 minutes ago, bbradsby said:

Exactly right - for the dense westerner who can't put himself for a second in another culture's shoes, imagine me hanging bleeding Jeezus decapitated heads all along my property line in a 100% fundamentalist christian small town in the US or UK. I imagine there'd be quite the uproar. Could be fun, actually..

 

What about his dense wife, if you want to look at it that way? I have seen many shops selling statues of Buddhas head.

 

I have small Buddha statues in my house, if a Thai person see's them they like them.

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2 minutes ago, bbradsby said:

Well true, but beside the point of this thread. Besides, no one does genocide better than the Western, Christian countries in recent history..

Just thought that genocide might be a better topic for a facebook uproar by Buddhists than a few shaped stones on a fence on private property.

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50 minutes ago, chrissables said:

But Buddha come from India.

Actually from Nepal.

 

India being its neighbour.

 

The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal) during the 5th century BCE.

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13 hours ago, cmsally said:

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.

Don't overlook the fact that many many Thai's pay a lot of respect to Ganesh and would view the display in the same light as the Buddha. 

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1 minute ago, chrissables said:

What about his dense wife, if you want to look at it that way? I have seen many shops selling statues of Buddhas head.

 

I have small Buddha statues in my house, if a Thai person see's them they like them.

Dont assume that because she is Thai, that his wife is Buddhist. That displays a bit of ignorance of Thailand. She may be muslim, from the south. And some small number of Thai are christian... 

 

Re your personal collection, don't presume to read others minds. Thai are non confrontational to a fault in polite society. They usually give more slack to farangs, knowing our ignorance of their customs.

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1 minute ago, 4MyEgo said:

Actually from Nepal.

 

India being its neighbour.

 

The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal) during the 5th century BCE.

Just googled it, at the time it was India, so he came from India it seems. :)

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12 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.

i dont think its just that simple. buddha belongs to nobody. did buddha set these rules? and wait a minute, was he even thai? 

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19 minutes ago, bbradsby said:

Exactly right - for the dense westerner who can't put himself for a second in another culture's shoes, imagine me hanging bleeding Jeezus decapitated heads all along my property line in a 100% fundamentalist christian small town in the US or UK. I imagine there'd be quite the uproar. Could be fun, actually..

 

Some are thicker than others, as the saying goes.

 

I remember when I was back in Oz, each time I would inspect a property, which was part of my job, and came across a Buddha statue, I would ask the client, why they had the Buddha on the ground, oh its a decoration was usually the reply, with me saying, the Buddha must always be up, not down, with them looking at me to say, but its mine and I can put it where I want, which is correct, your country, your choice, but not in Thailand, apparently.

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27 minutes ago, Adeeos said:

 

I can understand that,,, But if this is so,,, Who/what company supplied them knowing this? Did this couple go someplace and specifically order only heads? If so, why would the supplier not mention this fact, and refuse to supply them?.. Honestly curious..

The only thought going thru the suppliers head was -  the controlling God of Thailand - "money". 

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12 hours ago, rkidlad said:

Isn't religion supposed to be all powerful and all knowing?

Says who?  I always thought it was all bullshit and all delusional.

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4 minutes ago, zzidenn said:

i dont think its just that simple. buddha belongs to nobody. did buddha set these rules? and wait a minute, was he even thai? 

Of course he was Thai, there do you think the "hub" of Buddhism is? 

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10 minutes ago, bbradsby said:

Dont assume that because she is Thai, that his wife is Buddhist. That displays a bit of ignorance of Thailand. She may be muslim, from the south. And some small number of Thai are christian... 

 

Re your personal collection, don't presume to read others minds. Thai are non confrontational to a fault in polite society. They usually give more slack to farangs, knowing our ignorance of their customs.

It in no way shows my ignorance of Thailand, maybe her religion. I am fully aware of other religions that are practiced here in Thailand.

 

In fact a few years ago a Japanese sponsored Christian church was opened for me on Christmas day to view and chat with the sponsor.

Also while in the Muslim areas of the South i have enjoyed talking with the people there.

 

Some Thai's are non confrontational, not all. They were interested as to the history of them and where bought etc.

 

It is you showing your ignorance as you know nothing about me at all.

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1 minute ago, zzidenn said:

i dont think its just that simple. buddha belongs to nobody. did buddha set these rules? and wait a minute, was he even thai? 

it IS that simple. Their country - their culture. All belief systems are subjective and relative. Mexico's version of Christianity is different than the US' except right along the border, where its exactly the same culture since the US confiscated that region from Mexico as a result of a war. The people didn't move. Culture overlays religion, and vice-versa, in each place. 

 

Simple rule, really: be respectful of your host while you're a guest in their house.

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