Thursday, October 15, 2009

Going for the Gold

Gold has long played a role in the history and culture of Thailand. Even the original name of Thailand, Siam, means "gold" in Sanskrit. The gold trade in Thailand dates back 2,000 years and gold is still this country's second largest export. Gold is also a big part of the most prevalent religion in Thailand, Theravada Buddhism. In Buddhist literature, the Buddha is often described as having a golden complexion. And anyone who has ever been to Thailand knows about its temples and statues covered in this precious metal. For me, a little gold can go a long way. Especially when it's fake and made out of plastic.