November 10, 2008

271206 Hor Prabang - misc

More lotus bud 'artichokes':


Hanuman & fish wife on pillars:


Think this is from the 'Hanuman jarb (catches) Suphanmacha' (หนุมานจับนางสุพรรณมัจฉา) episode in the Ramakien (รามเกียรติ์ aka. Phra Lak Phra Ram ພຣະລັກພຣະຣາມ in Laos). In this story, Phra Ram attempts to build a road to Tosakan's kingdom in order to rescue Nang Sida, who had been kidnapped by Tosakan. Tosakan orders his half-fish daughter, Nang Suphanmacha (สุพรรณมัจฉา), to thwart Phra Ram by enlisting the help of fishes to remove the rocks to destroy the road, but Hanuman catches her & takes her as his wife. In the gallery that forms the perimeter of Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok's Grand Palace, this scene appears as painting #47 out of more than 100 murals.


'Bible' study session - consulting travel guidebooks on 'what am I supposed to see here?':


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