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Thailand vs Thai’s land(Motherland)

04 Jul

Thailand, just like India, is full of temples, with the numero uno God being Buddha, who , as we all know, is from India. They believe in our epic Ramayana, with the story slightly twisted to suit their needs, I suppose. Their current king is Rama 1X and apparently the Rama dynasty believe that their lineage is that of Lord Vishnu( a hindu God).Interesting, huh? The kings built temples to make their mark, just like Indian kings.

But, the style is different, with pagodas!

Buddha on top of NAGA, the snake God. We have quite a few statues of Vishnu on Snake in India!

They even have a famous shrine for Brahma !! That is more than what we do for the Creator ! We rarely find shrines for Brahma in Indian temples.

They believe that the daemon God protects them, and you will find one , in all the temples. We have a similar statue in most south Indian villages, at the entrance of various villages, as a protector.

And, the fascination with Gold.. , just like Indians…
Golden Buddha, weighing 5.5 tonnes

A few more interesting similarities..

Vendors selling flowers , in front of all the temples

Traffic policemen trying to catch bike riders.. It is not just the policemen, even the traffic is the same..

We call this an “Auto” in India, they call it a Taxi.

Thailand getting into the bandwagon , fighting corruption using facebook..

Funny signs.. like any other non-english speaking country.. I wonder if the sign means “Keep Left” or ” Keep right” 😀

Some interesting tidbits.. They have taxis in all bright colors, pink,purple,red..you name it. Kind of unique!

Wondering what you are looking at? I found these bike riders,who give rides to people for a fee.. a two wheeler taxi?

They have campaign promises too.. If it is laptop,TV giveaways in India, it is tablet PCs in Thailand.

In a nutshell,Thailand felt very much like Thai’s land !Motherland! ( “Thai” means Mother in an Indian language called Tamil)

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5 Comments

Posted by on July 4, 2011 in General

 

5 responses to “Thailand vs Thai’s land(Motherland)

  1. Sri

    July 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

    As usual crisp and concise comparison. Photos definitely told a nice story too.

     
  2. SK

    July 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Sweet!!!! Nice comparison!

     
  3. shoba

    July 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Hi SK,
    Its been a long time since I visited any blogs. Looks like you have had a lot to do , the past couple of months.. 🙂 CONGRATS !

     
  4. Hema

    July 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Great pictures and nice comparisons! Love the Golden Budhdha.

     
  5. Nagaraj Kesavan

    January 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Great pictures Shoba. I visited Bangkok/pataya/ Phuket last year with family of 12 people.
    Thailand is good vacation place.

     

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