They want to teach what sinners would end up as after death according to the Thai version of Buddhism.
This I didn't know, in fact I was flabbergasted walking around there (not shocked!) but I didn't expect this in Thailand! :-)
In Europe we are used to see nudes.
Yes. For example, the wax figure on the right hand side indicates that in his last life he might have committed adultery. The left-hand side figure might have caused trauma to other fellow humans by verbally assaulting them and telling lies. So they are being punished in hell.
VERY INTERESTING Worapong, realy very interesting! How comes you know so much of this symbolism?
BTW (by the way) my (Thai) wife is Catholic, I'm an atheist, but very interested in these things.
Despite I am not a Buddhist (actually I am a Chinese polytheist), I am usually exposed to Thai Buddhism since this country is predominantly Buddhist.
Ok, so you believe in more than one god or goddess, as you cann't worship them all, wich ones do you worship the most?
There are many Chinese temples here, are they Thai linked or more linked to your believe?
Frank | highly interested. :)
"There are many Chinese temples here, are they Thai linked or more linked to your believe?"
Very likely. I'll put it like this, Frank. Some of the Chinese temples/shrines you come across may be a House of Land Guardian Spirit (ปึงเถ่ากง 本頭公) according to Taoism. Some may be of Chinese school of Buddhism. Some may be dedicated to worshiping ancestors. Some may be linked to ancient heroes/heroines, who were elevated to sainthood and are already worshiped in a specific district/county in or throughout China. Many shrines contain a combination of these beliefs and may integrate Thai folklore, Thai Buddhism and mythology into it too as many ethnic Chinese have adopted Thai Buddhism and local way of life. In other areas, you may find Thai Buddhism and Hinduism in one place. This country is so diverse.
WOW! Jee Worapong, that's quit a lesson (in the good way) I always wonderd what they worshiped in these temples/shrines and understand now how divided this is. Yes, one thing you can say about Thailand , it is very deverse! In ALL sense.....:)
Thanks for your clear explanation. I'll take it with me.....
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