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The birth of Sita
In The Ramayana, page 1.3
A painted mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows the infant Sita sitting in a gold urn as she is discovered by a king ploughing his fields. Beside Sita's urn, which protrudes from the ground, we see the king holding a wooden plough harnessed to an ox. The...
A forest hermit
In The Ramayana, page 2.4
The forest hermit's respected position as a wise sage is shown by his elevated position sitting on a stone platform at left. Rama, Laksman, and Sita kneel on the ground at right. The hermit holds a palm leaf fan on a long handle. The hermit's stone platform...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Hermit advises demon king Ravana to return Sita to Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
Hermit advises demon king Ravana to return Sita to Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple, a wise man interprets Ravana's bad dream and advises him to return Sita to Rama and end the fight, or else Ravana will face certain ruin. A white-haired bearded hermit sits in an elevated pavillion and gestures...
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Hermit leads Rama to competition for Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)
Hermit leads Rama to competition for Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this detail on a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, a hermit leads Rama and Laksman to Sita's city so that Rama can enter the bow-stringing competition for Sita's hand in marriage. Here, and elsewhere in Thai temple paintings, Rama is depicted with green...
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Hermit sitting and teaching Sita's son in forest (Thai Ramayana mural)
Hermit sitting and teaching Sita's son in forest (Thai Ramayana mural)
A wise hermit kneels on the ground and gives lessons to Sita's son in the forest, as portrayed in a mural detail at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Sita and her green-skinned son sit attentively, kneeling with hands in prayer position, in front of the hermit who...
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Hermit speaks to Rama, Laksman, and Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)
Hermit speaks to Rama, Laksman, and Sita (Thai Ramayana mural)
A forest hermit speaks to Rama, Sita, and Laksman, as seen on a mural painting at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The forest hermit's respected position as a wise sage is shown by his elevated position sitting on a stone platform at left. Rama, Laksman, and Sita...
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Hermit tells Hanuman how to quench the fire on his tail (Thai Ramayana mural)
Hermit tells Hanuman how to quench the fire on his tail (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this mural scene painted at the Emerald Buddha Temple, a wise hermit tells Hanuman how to quench the fire on his tail. Hanuman kneels on a red tiled floor holding up his tail in distress. A bearded hermit listens, dressed in golden clothes as he sits in...
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Indian painting of Rama learning from hermit in the forest
Indian painting of Rama learning from hermit in the forest
This Indian painting shows Rama being educated by a hermit in the forest. The figures shown in the painting are dressed in red clothes, and the background color is a bright golden yellow. Three women, perhaps the hermit's wives, sit and work to the left of...
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Indian painting shows Ravana appearing as hermit and then abducting Sita
Indian painting shows Ravana appearing as hermit and then abducting Sita
This Indian painting shows Ravana at left posing as an elderly hermit with Sita and then, at right, abducting her in his chariot. Sita is depicted wearing an orange Indian sari and she stands outside a very modest thatch dwelling near two ceramic pots. The...
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Quenching the demon's fire
In The Ramayana, page 3.13
In this mural scene painted at the Emerald Buddha Temple, a wise hermit tells Hanuman how to quench the fire on his tail. Hanuman kneels on a red tiled floor holding up his tail in distress. A bearded hermit listens, dressed in golden clothes as he sits in...
By Lorraine Aragon.
The Ramayana
The Hindu epic The Ramayana is retold through the mural, painting, and dance of Southeast Asia.
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Ravana kidnaps Sita
In The Ramayana, page 2.9
This Indian painting shows Ravana at left posing as an elderly hermit with Sita and then, at right, in his original mult-headed form, abducting her in his chariot. Sita is depicted wearing an orange Indian sari and she stands outside a very modest thatch dwelling...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Sita and hermit raise Sita and Rama's young son (Thai Ramayana mural)
Sita and hermit raise Sita and Rama's young son (Thai Ramayana mural)
This mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows Sita and a hermit standing with Sita and Rama's young son. Displaying Rama's characteristic green skin, Rama's son kneels between his mother Sita and a grey-bearded hermit who is caring for them in the forest....
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Sita appears to be dead
In The Ramayana, page 7.4
In this detail from a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Sita appears to be dead after the jealous Rama orders her killed. Sita lies on her back upon a palace pavillion platform. Her left leg is bent but her other limbs are extended. A bearded hermit sits...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Sita appears to be dead after jealous Rama orders her killed (Thai Ramayana mural)
Sita appears to be dead after jealous Rama orders her killed (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this detail from a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Sita appears to be dead after the jealous Rama orders her killed. Sita lies on her back upon a palace pavillion platform. Her left leg is bent but her other limbs are extended. A bearded hermit sits...
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Sita meets a hermit
In The Ramayana, page 7.6
Sita walks through the forest with a hermit in this mural detail from the Emerald Buddha Temple. The crowned Sita walks with her right hand bent across her chest. She follows just behind a moustached hermit who carries a walking stick and a palm leaf fan....
By Lorraine Aragon.
Sita walks with hermit (Thai Ramayana mural)
Sita walks with hermit (Thai Ramayana mural)
Sita walks through the forest with a hermit in this mural detail from the Emerald Buddha Temple. The crowned Sita walks with her right hand bent across her chest. She follows just behind a moutached hermit who carries a walking stick and a palm leaf fan. They...
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