Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Little Giant

Yesterday in a taxi there was a pink and white charm with an image of a Yaksha, a giant guard demon from the Thai Ramakien stories. The most famous image in Thailand of the demon character is at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace in Bangkok. At the temple, the giant demon stands guard over the southwest gate in the form of a gigantic sculpture. The enormous figure helps to give the feeling of Yaksha's strength and power. Somehow, the small pink pendant just doesn't have the same intimidating effect.