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Ray's Thai Tours #4

Enroute to Ta Kwai is a very interesting temple. In its grounds are exposed sandstone atolls and there is a self-taught sculptor working on slowly converting them into Buddhist Shrine Art. Here are Ben, Mawin and Plaeng clambering about on one of the pieces.

 

Just to add to the fun of the Tour, I usually fill vacant seats of the Bus with youngsters I find acting bored or idle around our Village...they need to absorb some of the local culture!

 

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Ray's Thai Tours #4

Enroute to Ta Kwai is a very interesting temple. In its grounds are exposed sandstone atolls and there is a self-taught sculptor working on slowly converting them into Buddhist Shrine Art. Here are Ben, Mawin and Plaeng clambering about on one of the pieces.

 

Just to add to the fun of the Tour, I usually fill vacant seats of the Bus with youngsters I find acting bored or idle around our Village...they need to absorb some of the local culture!

 

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comments (13)

The big gold things must be impressive...Were they just kind of big bells?
Ray: They are Chedis, Elizabeth, and on top of a very big rock.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Aug 2017, 04:45
That is amazing to be up that close. Good for you to take some people along the ride.
Ray: My visitors interact closely with the locals, Astrid.
Good for you, Ray, to extend these gad-abouts to any and all who might be interested. You've become the Pied Piper in your village, I'm sure!
Ray: Trying to expose locals to their lovely surroundings, Ginnie...presently too many locals are ignorant of what they have.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 11 Aug 2017, 06:41
Some people dedicate their lives to the most eccentric of projects. Although I presume there is much merit to be manufactured sculpting & painting these things..
Ray: Yes...I like the eccentricity of behaviours like this, Chris.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Aug 2017, 06:57
I like your engagement for the youngsters. Are these stupas of the temple?
Ray: Indeed, Philine they are Stupas.
Bonjour
Une initiative interessante pour ces enfants , c'est bien de partager notre histoire avec eux !
Bonne journée
Ray: Mon sentiment est qu'il y a beaucoup d'avantage pour les deux parties lorsque les touristes et les habitants sont encouragés à coopérer étroitement, Claudine.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Aug 2017, 07:21
I'm surprised to see some proper scaffolding.; I was expecting to see bits of bamboo held together with string. Good for you for abducting the local kids.. do you bring them back?
Ray: It is my practice to take the youngsters far enough away from the Village for them to not know the way home, then turn them loose with enough cash for their next meal, Alan...its like humanely releasing zoo-reared animals... smile
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 11 Aug 2017, 07:49
You are a good man, Ray
Ray: Trying to make merit I suppose, Lisl, although I have no desire at all for a next life! smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 11 Aug 2017, 08:18
We don't want the local youths getting up to no good Ray.
Ray: Hell, no!

I can recall, from personal behaviour Chad, how bad that can be for a village community... smile
I am wondering why part is wrapped in gold cloth.
Ray: Clearly these Pagodas have significance to the monks at this temple, Mary, and they have performed a ritual acknowledging this. Pagodas usually are related to a person who has dies, and may contain some relics of that person...perhaps these pagodas contain the relics of previous Abbots at this temple.
I'm sure you must be a very popular man in the village Ray, yous eem to be ready to do all you can to enhance peoples experieince of the world outside.
Ray: Na and I are trying to be useful players in the Village, Brian.
Buddhism certainly lives in Thailand.
Ray: 90% or more Thais identify as Buddhist, Tom...similar figures apply in Cambodia and Laos, and only a bit less in Myanmar.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Aug 2017, 23:16
Mawin should have his t-shirt on the other way round. Interesting reflection of golden light on Plaeng's face.

I hope the kids are grateful and carry you some beers from your fridge, when you are relaxing in your yard.
Ray: Ha Ha...Thais usually have little comprehension of the slogans on their tShirts, Louis.

Regarding beer...Na and I usually share one bottle of beer at 1800 most nights, so there is not much call for beer-fetchers!

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