Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Khun Fred Dispelling Fear

In the iconography of Buddhist statuary, this pose is called “the Buddha dispelling fear.” Usually with the one hand, but sometimes, when he was really up against it maybe, with both hands.

This picture was taken in Sukhothai, Thailand by my excellent Motorcy-Tuk-Tuk driver, Khun Do-Do (which may be a silly name in English, but in Thai it means double “doh,” which is the word for “grown-up”).

I suppose this picture is blasphemous, but it wouldn’t be the first time.


Anonymous said...

You look more like the Japanese "Beckoning Cat"

fred c said...

Touche! But bear in mind, the "Becking Cat" may also be dispelling fear!