Religion

Boiling Buddhists

Boiling Buddhists

Mea Salong, Chiang Rai, 19 Apr. 2012:A Buddhist monk sits in a bowl of boiling water on a wood log fire for an extended period.Somehow his body and skin remain unaffected. Sorry for the quality, but I took this photofrom the display of someone’s camera. Here’s a video of a similar event held last year:

Thai Buddhist relitainment

Thai Buddhist relitainment

Seen at Sop Ruak, the Thai three countries point in the Golden Triangle.Throw 5 or 10 Baht coins into the funnel, and down they roll into Buddha’s belly.

The Laughing Lama

Besides being regarded as a person with great wisdom, the Dalai Lama is well known for his openess and cheerfulness which often goes accompanied with laugther.It is being said that one time when he met up with John Cleese and that although they didn’t understand eachother very well, they spent 10 minutes together laughing out [...]

Thai police advertise for shemale-cabaret

Thai police advertise for shemale-cabaret

Seen today in Patong, Phuket; a traffic-police officer advertises for Simon cabaret, a famous transsexual show and tourist attraction around here. On one hand it shows how tolerant Thailand is towards the phet ti saam (third gender). On the other hand ladyboys, depending on how feminine they are, are being dismissed from the army for [...]

Christian demonstration

Christian demonstration

Seen at 22 Dec 2010 at Patong, Thai Christians and one Farang are singing psalms in front of a massage parlour, I asked some of the massage ladies who obviously got no customers during the time they were singing, if they felt they were okay with that, but they told me they had no problem [...]

Makkah TV

Makkah TV

A TV channel which is almost as boring as Panda TV is Makkah TV, 24 hours of Muslims walking seven times around a black box called Kabaa, where the bones of Mohammed are supposed to be kept, and nobody seems to wave like “Hey mum I did it”. Mecca is about the only city in [...]

Christianity in Thailand already here for 460 years

Christianity in Thailand already here for 460 years

In the 1550′s the first missionaries from Portugal arrived in Thailand.Unlike missionary work in Africa and South America they were not able to have a big influence in society.Christianity seems somehow to be incompatible with Buddhism, scoring the world’s lowest Christianity percentage in S-E Asia across the world. In most countries like China and Japan they [...]

The meeting of religions

The meeting of religions

Seen at the arrival hall of Phuket airport, a Muslim lady and three Amish girls, which were accompanied by their parents waiting for their luggage. I thought they used horse and carriage only, but obviously not so.What is not clearly visible on the photo is that they have a small black scarf on the back of their [...]

Momentary monk

Momentary monk

In a small town nearby, people were celebrating one of the villagers becoming a Buddhist monk. On the first photo you can see a man carrying a so-called money tree. Lacking salary the villagers collect money which should provide him an initial means of survival.The man in question was married for five years and still [...]