An adjusted photo of Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Such a beautiful... and incredibly noisy place.
|The entrance to Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand|
The architecture of the massive entrance, with it's dragons and red and gold colors are just a hint of the extraordinary sensory overload of sights, sounds, and smells that I experienced, once inside the gate.
|Flowers come to market|
|The entrance to our room...|
|Typical Spirit House, with offerings of food, drink, and flowers to the good spirits that keep the bad spirits away.|
Am I but a leaf, floating on the water of time...
Stairs to the top of Doi Sutep, guarded by Nagas
Wat Prathat Sutep and its Nagas are widely represented by both Hindu and Buddhist cultures. The Buddhist naga may be represented by the hooded King Cobra, and may have one, three, five, seven or even nine heads. (Remember? Even numbers are unlucky!) Sometimes it may change shapes and have a dragon's head, like the stairs leading up Doi Suthep. Convenient, huh? Nagas may live in the ocean, in caverns, and then there's Phaya Naga that lives in the Mekong River. Another famous Buddhist naga is Mucalinda, protector of the Buddha. In one legend, the Buddha is meditating in a great forest when a terrific storm occurs. Graciously, Naga King Mucalinda shelters the Buddha from the storm with his seven snake heads. After the storm, the naga shape shifts into a Brahmin (Hindu scholar of the highest level) who pays public tribute to the Buddha.
White Elephant (see next pic)
Not a White Elephant (see previous pic)
Not nearly as much mojo as someone who would ride a white elephant.
The Sacred Chedi of Wat Prathat Suthep
Dead monk (what the...)
Chatras either side of shrine room entrance
Winnie at the Jackfruit tree
For Fridays: the "Contemplating Buddha" (Paang Rum Peung) stands with hands resting across the chest, the right hand covering the left. The pose implies a complete spiritual transformation. A benevolent tranquility expresses the equanimity obtained through Vipassana meditation. The meditative practice develops clear seeing by training the faculties through direct experience.
Shrine to monk Krubra Srivichai
Only 237 more steps to the bottom.
Here comes Winnie