Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Get Real

When I ask cabbies if I can take pictures in their taxis, I get a variety of reactions. Most of the time the taxi drivers are thrilled that a foreigner is interested in Thai talismans and culture and are kind enough to oblige. The cabbies are often proud of their collections of superstitious and religious objects, and many cabbies love to give particulars about the various charms. Some taxi drivers, however, are bewildered by my photo-taking and by my questions about the things in the cabs. The other day, the cabby asked me if I would like to buy the stuff in his taxi. He thought that it would be better if I have the real amulets, statuettes, and other tokens in my possession, rather than just photos of them.