Saturday, October 3, 2009

Thai Heroes

In Thailand, we don't need another hero. We already have Buddhist monks and Doraemon, the Japanese manga character. When I first saw the image of the monk with the Doraemon figurines in the taxi, I couldn't hold back my laughter. There's something hilarious about the combination of a meditating monk next to two ecstatic blue cats from the future. Yet the more I thought about this funny juxtaposition, the more I realized that strangely enough there's a similarity between Buddhist monks and Doraemon: both of them teach moral lessons and both of them have no fur (Doraemon is a robot and monks shave their heads).