Sunday, June 27, 2010

Buddha Statue


Thailand has a prevalence of Buddhism that ranks among the highest in the world. 94.6% of the population are Buddhists. The Thai calendar is also based on the Eastern version of the Buddhist Era which is 543 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar.
Each city has many old magnificently decorated temples that I love visiting. Each temple hosts also a few Buddha statues.
Some temple "etiquette" to follow when visiting temples:
  • Wear modest clothes. No shorts, tank tops, mini-skirts, flashy jewelry.
  • Take off your shoes before entering a temple.
  • Keep your head lower than the Buddha statues.
  • DO NOT touch the head of a Buddha statue, climb over it, take a photo with it.
  • Do not point your feet at Buddha images or anyone else.
In other words, be respectful and don't do anything you wouldn't do in worship place of your own confession.

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