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Arrows turn into serpents
In The Ramayana, page 5.8
A flying demon, visible in the upper left corner, shoots arrows that become serpents as they fall. The arrows become wavy as they rain down upon Rama's army. The demon moves actively in a cloud-filled sunset sky painted over a dramatic mountain and landscape...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
A simple barge carries Rama's allies across a river on the way home after they have defeated the demon king Ravana. The barge in the middle of the river, and both river shores, are covered with people accompanying Rama and Sita home to their rightful kingdom...
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The battle continues
In The Ramayana, page 3.8
This detail of a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, where Hanuman descends lithely down poles beside a circular well to seize the guards, shows how the powerful and clever monkey god can single-handedly defeat the hapless demons who defend Ravana's palace....
By Lorraine Aragon.
Bell and percussion during Buddhist prayer
Part of a ten-day vegetarian festival. These bells and a wooden percussion instrument are played by monks (as I recall) while worshipers wai, or pray at different stations. From my journal: On the way to Ani and Hans, a girl...
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Bharata boating into forest to find Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
Bharata boating into forest to find Rama (Thai Ramayana mural)
On this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Rama's brother Bharata and his comrades boat into the forest to try to find the exiled Rama after their father dies. The detail shows several long paddled canoes and a large poled platform barge. On each watercraft,...
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Bharata tries to give back the throne
In The Ramayana, page 2.3
On this mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple, Rama's brother Bharata and his comrades boat into the forest to try to find the exiled Rama after their father dies. The detail shows several long paddled canoes and a large poled platform barge. On each watercraft,...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Brown Monkey King striding with sword (Thai Ramayana mural)
Brown Monkey King striding with sword (Thai Ramayana mural)
In this mural from the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Brown Monkey King strides boldly with his right hand grasping his downward sword. The monkey king's head and legs are shown in profile but his torso is rotated so that his shoulders face front. The Brown Monkey...
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Buddhist festival ceremony, climbing the razor ladder
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear the announcer, and the general audience sounds. The drums play,...
Format: audio
Buddhist festival ceremony, firework finale
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear the sound of firecrackers exploding, followed by recorded music....
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Buddhist festival ceremony, percussion for climbing ladder
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. In this clip, you can hear the musical percussion that accompanied the night's performance,...
Format: audio
Buddhist festival ceremony, raising funds
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This is a recording of an evening fundraiser event held at the temple, and is well attended by the local townspeople. Men at the event are considered to be in "trance," or occupied by the spirits...
Format: audio
Buddhist festival explanation
Part of a ten day Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. Here, we can hear Hans, who is originally from the Netherlands, explaining the sights we are viewing in a local temple. At the beginning, we are looking at something which portrays an recurring theme...
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Buddhist festival firecracker ceremony
Part of a ten day vegetarian festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening event held at the temple that acts as a fundraiser and opportunity for people to get together. The final event of the evening is when several bamboo poles of firecrackers are detonated....
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Buddhist festival music and fireworks
Part of a ten day vegetarian festival in Trang, Thailand. This is an evening event held at the temple that acts as a fundraiser and opportunity for people to get together. At the beginning of this recording, you can hear Hans from Netherlands explaining what...
Format: audio
Buddhist fortune sticks
In a room at a Buddhist temple in Nakhon si Thammarat, people stop to receive a fortune. To do this, they use fortune sticks. Several bamboo sticks with words printed onto the stick are put into one canister. People shake the canister until one stick falls...
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Buddhist prayer and percussion
Part of a ten-day vegetarian festival. The monks initiate this meditation, or prayer, while making percussion noises. Worshipers join in. From my journal: On the way to Ani and Hans, a girl comes out and wants to take me to the temple. This is...
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Buddhist prayer inside temple
Buddhist monks recite a traditional prayer inside a temple in Nakhon si Thammarat. This form of Buddhism is the more common form, found throughout the country, and that is influnced by India. The language is Pali. From my journal: Kept waking up...
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Buddhist prayer to monks for blessing
This prayer was recorded in Trang, Thailand, a small town near the southeastern coast. The people of the town were gathered together to honor the monks in the town by giving them rice and other food. When food is given, a special prayer is said. This part...
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Buddhist prayer while approaching temple
Buddhist monks recite a traditional prayer inside a temple in Nakhon si Thammarat. This form of Buddhism is the more common form, found throughout the country, and that is influenced by India. The language is Pali. From my journal: Kept waking...
Format: audio
Buddhist street parade, Chinese music
Part of a ten day vegetarian Buddhist festival in Trang, Thailand. This parade occurred during the day, and is one of the most unique aspects of this celebration. In this recording, you can a hear one style of music played during the parade. Of all the music...
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