Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THAILAND ~ Giant Guardians - Bangkok ~

... Beautiful postcard with statues of curious monster-like creatures... there are twelve giants (Yaksha) guarding in pairs the entrances to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)... each giant is unique and has its own name... the Yaksha represents Thai culture in the hearts of Thai people... with matchingシ and more great stamps... Thanks a lot Jobbo!!【ツ】
Photo: Jatupon Rutnin
Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple  in Thailand.

The entrance is guarded by a pair of yakshis (mythical giants – 5 metres (16 ft) high statues). In Thailand, a yak is a giant demon (ogre, colossus or monster) from the Ramakian (the Thai version of the Hindu Ramayana epic mythology) and the entire compound wall of the complex is painted with Thai murals depicting scenes from this epic story of Ramayana.

Since the 14th century Yakshis have been placed outside temple doors to guard against evil forces entering into the temple or temple grounds. They are depicted with a characteristic face, having big round bulging eyes and protruding fangs. They are dressed in full body armor wearing a dragon helmet, with both hands upon a large spiraled club.

Demon Statues
(Issued 13-06-2001)

Red Cross 2003
(Issued 28-03-2003)

The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Prince Wan Waithayakon, 1891-1976
(Issued 25-08-1992)

National Stamp Exhibition - Mailboxes
(Issued 04-08-1998)

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