Monday, February 27, 2012

Fear No Taxi

One way to differentiate the various types of Buddha images is by their hand gestures, or mudras. This particular statuette hanging from a rearview mirror in a Bangkok cab depicts the Buddha standing with his right hand raised. Known as the abhaya mudra, this gesticulation represents fearlessness. As the driver of this taxi recklessly swerved in and out of traffic lanes, I could see why this cabby handpicked this image to worship in his taxi.