Sunday, June 7, 2009

Filling the Niches

In Bangkok taxis, every part of the interior can contain decorative religious and secular objects. In the taxi today, the turn signal switches had strings and beads hung from them, the windows were covered with decals, the rear window shelf contained a hand-knit tissue holder, the back seat had silky pillows, the rear view mirror had a "phuang malai" jasmine flower garland, the ceiling had "Yan" drawings by a monk, the lower dash board had a menagerie of amulets and a statuette of a monk riding an elephant, and the steering wheel had a Buddha sticker. There was barely enough space left for the driver and myself.