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wat hua lampong [6]

What is this, then? A bunch of  ladies having a heck of  a good time together while the guys are off doing all manner of other stuff?

Maybe the message is if you guys don't give the ladies due attention, then maybe they will find a way to make do without you. Or....

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Sixth and final of a short series of posts to show some of the art inside this building.

There are 32,000+ Buddhist temples [wats] in Thailand, and many are richly decorated.

This series was inspired by a wonderful series from Zebigleb  [ http://imaginerf.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Global_view_/ ] on a Rivera fresco he photographed in Mexico.

wat hua lampong [6]

What is this, then? A bunch of  ladies having a heck of  a good time together while the guys are off doing all manner of other stuff?

Maybe the message is if you guys don't give the ladies due attention, then maybe they will find a way to make do without you. Or....

----

Sixth and final of a short series of posts to show some of the art inside this building.

There are 32,000+ Buddhist temples [wats] in Thailand, and many are richly decorated.

This series was inspired by a wonderful series from Zebigleb  [ http://imaginerf.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Global_view_/ ] on a Rivera fresco he photographed in Mexico.

comments (3)

The men don't look like they really care.
Ray: Funny thing, Mary, that's the same impression I got from this scene. It seems to depict men engaged in narcissistic behaviours and ignoring the ladies.
While one can't exactly believe figures from surveys conducted in Thailand, I read a recent report claiming 85% of married Thai men have a girlfriend or minor wife [mia noi] and 50% of married Thai ladies have a boyfriend, or girlfriend, or minor husband [por noi].The official marriages are often seen more as business arrangements than as total relationships.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 30 Aug 2007, 08:04
It reminds me a bit of the Roman Empire in its heyday. Women were not valued to men when it came to friendship and philosophy!

Most interesting to see something similar here.
Ray: Hi Ginnie. Thank you for your interesting remark. You might enjoy this short essay I wrote a few months back, where I am trying to make sense of some aspects of Indian and Thai culture [ http://www.all-my-world.com/pblog/index.php?entry=entry070319-041708 ].

Up-country...thatis, in Thailand outside Bangkok... it is not uncommon for the oldest woman in the extended family to be the person whose voice carries most weight.
This is a fascinating series of photographs, Ray. Vivid and interesting, different to anything I have seen before, but I see comparisons to many different cultures. (:o)
Ray: I am so pleased you found the series to be of interest, Rosalyn. I get great pleasure from the temple art, but am uncertain if others have this same interest.
Thai culture is quite different from others in South Asia; i think it has a lot to do with the fact that Thailand avoided becoming a colony of another power [c.f. Malaya=English, Burma=English, Singapore=English, India=English, Indonesia=Dutch, Cambodia=French, Laos=French, Vietnam=Chinese then French], and so had a better chance to preserve ancient habits, customs and culture.

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