Thursday, April 23, 2009

Buddha Trio

The three most revered Buddha statues in Thailand can sometimes be found together as miniatures under a glass dome in Bangkok taxis. The images include the Emerald Buddha, the Buddha whose legend involves mysteriously floating downriver to a temple, and the bronze Buddha with the flame-like halo from Phitsanulok, one of Thailand's oldest cities. If the statuettes were based on their real proportions in relation to each other, the Emerald Buddha would be tiny compared to the Phitsanulok Buddha. But then they wouldn't look very good together under the dome as a three-piece set.