Sunday, November 14, 2010

Black Beauties

In Thailand, you see black beauties like these in gardens among plants, in mini shrines in shops and restaurants, and of course, in taxis. If you ask me, these kitschy figurines with their jet-black skin and hair, white dot eyes and fingernails, and cherry red lips are disturbing, especially since the prevailing attitude here is negative toward those with dark skin. But if I stop and consider that they represent an alternative form of the cat with the waving arm you see in Asian businesses, and that they're a version of the Thai goddess, Nang Gwak, then I feel a tinge less uneasy about them.