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

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To be fair... it turns their house into some sort of 'copy' Wat and it's not a grave sin but it is insensitive and the 'wife' should have know better.

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There were no images of Buddha until Alexander the great started putting statues of himself in the countries that he conquered, it was 500 years after the death of the Buddha that the first images appeared, the faces were fashioned after greek statues. Buddha said that he did not want images and that Buddha is within us all.

Still it is tasteless to use these Buddha heads as decorative ornaments. 

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It is a sensitive issue. Buddha cannot be left in a open area first of all, until and unless it is on top of mountain.

 

Secondly just head of Buddha is not a Thai type. Only in Kaosan we can just Buddha head, to make tourists easy to carry home. Some even selling hand of Buddha. I never liked buying such things.

 

It has to be full Buddha either sitting position or sleeping position.

 

Just to please Farang husband she make a mistake, should have consulted a local Monk before doing this.

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12 hours ago, johng said:

I wonder if all Americans are very offended by my wifes new undies sold by a Thai company
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It is not offensive until and unless wearing this and pose for your pictures......:w00t:

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2 minutes ago, nycjoe said:

There were no images of Buddha until Alexander the great started putting statues of himself in the countries that he conquered, it was 500 years after the death of the Buddha that the first images appeared, the faces were fashioned after greek statues. Buddha said that he did not want images and that Buddha is within us all.

Still it is tasteless to use these Buddha heads as decorative ornaments. 

That is Greek style found in Bhamiyan of Afghanistan, and in part of Himalayas in the Indian side. It will have multiple folding on the dress.

 

It is similar to how Jesus portrayed in the different part of the world. In Korea, Jesus looks like Chinese.

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11 minutes ago, Artisi said:

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. 

Hang on a second. Ganesh is a Hindu 'God' and Thais have it for 'luck'. Thais have a mixture of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism and it's best not to rattle them about any of those three although the VAST majority of Thais are completely ignorant of all three and their meanings. 

 

Thai Wat's are mostly Hindu, not Buddhist, and I have mentioned this to Thai friends for 10 years and they are in ignorant bliss about it all. 

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Im more offended by the paint job than any Buddha statues !

 

Can somebody please teach them how to "cut in " ??

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16 hours ago, tracker1 said:

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

So ALL monks are drug dealers? What a crap. Of course this too is not acceptable. The buddha heads on the wall really don't look nice and not from a religious point of view. Just without taste. But that's my opinion.

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5 minutes 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.

Hey 'chrissables'  seriously mate...... You think Thais like you having  small Buddha  statues around  your house,  I take it they are ornaments ? I can tell you now, no matter  what they may say, if pressed, they do not like it one bit. 

For Thais it shows lack of respect. Do you really think a Thai will tell you to your face, (as a guest in your house) that what you're doing is against Buddhist teachings? He will cause embarrassment  to you and him and he will want to avoid that at all costs. I'm really not trying to start a fight with you mate, but you  are wrong to think Thais like them displayed like this.

 

You can display imagines of Buddha in you're house, but there are ways to do it. Some Thais have 'Buddha rooms' where they pray and have many Buddha items in there.

 

Personal I like some of the Buddha statues, and I know the attraction to them, as a westerner I would have a big one in my garden and some in the house...... But the wife would not have it.

 

If you don't give a fig about what anyone thinks then just carry on as you are, I have no issue with it. But if you do have a lot of Thais visiting you're home, and you care, even a little, ask one of you're Thai friends, who is willing to talk to you about it openly, ask his or her advice on how and where to place them........... I'm just saying!  

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16 hours ago, tracker1 said:

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

How about replacing them with little heads of Jesus? What would people think of that?

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5 minutes ago, Maggusoil said:

How about replacing them with little heads of Jesus? What would people think of that?

 

you are welcome. 

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nothing to do with religion or philosophy, just state dominance for rich people, the opposite that is

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Basically it has little to do with religion and more to do with the structure of society (peoples' education, world outlook etc). Thailand is a society based on symbolism, to put it simply. One would have thought with the advent of "modern society" and communications etc etc this would have got diluted, unfortunately if anything it has swung in the other direction.

When you see statues and reliefs as symbols, they will have connotations. Connotations and the suggestion of connotations start to be like a snowball rolling down a hill when placed in a society where symbolism is everything.

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11 minutes ago, Tonto21 said:

Hey 'chrissables'  seriously mate...... You think Thais like you having  small Buddha  statues around  your house,  I take it they are ornaments ? I can tell you now, no matter  what they may say, if pressed, they do not like it one bit. 

For Thais it shows lack of respect. Do you really think a Thai will tell you to your face, (as a guest in your house) that what you're doing is against Buddhist teachings? He will cause embarrassment  to you and him and he will want to avoid that at all costs. I'm really not trying to start a fight with you mate, but you  are wrong to think Thais like them displayed like this.

 

You can display imagines of Buddha in you're house, but there are ways to do it. Some Thais have 'Buddha rooms' where they pray and have many Buddha items in there.

 

Personal I like some of the Buddha statues, and I know the attraction to them, as a westerner I would have a big one in my garden and some in the house...... But the wife would not have it.

 

If you don't give a fig about what anyone thinks then just carry on as you are, I have no issue with it. But if you do have a lot of Thais visiting you're home, and you care, even a little, ask one of you're Thai friends, who is willing to talk to you about it openly, ask his or her advice on how and where to place them........... I'm just saying!  

They are placed high as a sign of respect.

 

I will ask next time i have a visitor. As already stated when they have been seen i was asked about their heritage etc. The not valuable, but have definitely raised interest. I have never asked what people think, and if a Thai person did show dislike i would let them, but then i would knowing me ask them about the precepts of Buddhism which many in this country do not follow.

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