Sunday, May 04, 2008

261206 Wat Mahathat miscellaneous

Tham alphabet soup on the alarm clock:


The cat first came across this alphabet when a novice monk in Phayao gave it several bookmarks with a quote from a famous monk written in Tham script, with an accompanying Thai-glish translation:


In this case people in Singapore (& Taiwan & Hong Kong) should be really crap at longterm planning since the country has one of the highest prevalence of myopia in the world (28% of 7 y/o kids & >80% of 18 y/o teens are shortsighted). A lot more detail on Tham script here.

A lotus bud(?) that looks more like a golden artichoke to the cat's myopic eyes:


With the Lao version of temaki sushi (using banana leaf in place of seaweed) at the base:


Lao version of columbaria:


Such mini stupas housing ashes of the deceased are incorporated into the boundary walls of many temples in Vientiane capital, like this (Wat Nongbone) & this (Wat That Luang Tai). Here in Luang Prabang, almost all of them are inside of & separate from the boundary walls.


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