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Earth Mother Goddess, Doi Suthep (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Earth Mother Goddess, Doi Suthep

Earth Mother Goddess

Earth Mother Goddess Mural at Doi Suthep

This mural of the Earth Mother Goddess is found at one of my favorite temples in Thailand – Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai (see Doi Suthep Buddha). You may recall the statue of the Earth Mother Goddess, Ubon Ratchathani from last December. This mural is found in one of the temples at Doi Suthep. I’ve related the story of the picture in my previous post: the short version is that as the Earth Mother Goddess bore witness to the Buddha’s enlightenment, she wrung the water from her hair and the flood swept all the illusions (personified by Mara) away.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Temple Saying (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Temple Saying

Temple Sign in Chiang Mai

Temple Sign in Chiang Mai

Sayings such as this one are often found on the grounds of many temples and forest monasteries in Thailand. They are meant to cause the reader to reflect outside of the ordinary cares of life.

I particularly like this one. It puts our daily upsets and concerns in a different perspective: after all, in 100 years no one will know a thing about them. Cut yourself some slack!

For more on Thai Buddhism read Buddhism, Thailand, Achaan Chah or Buddha Images in Northeastern Thailand.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture  each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Doi Suthep Buddha (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Buddha Statue at Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep Budda

Doi Suthep Budda

Kasma says that there’s a Thai saying to the effect that anyone who goes to Chiang Mai and does not visit the temple Doi Suthep has not visited Chiang Mai. Situated on a hill, you must climb numerous steps to reach the temple grounds, though there’s a skytrain if you don’t want to walk up.

This is a Buddha statue found in the main temple area at Doi Suthep – you can see the tall Chedi (the Thai word for stupa) in the background to the left.

I enjoy going to temples and enjoy the numerous representations of the Buddha. Many of them give you a glimpse of the peacefulness allegedly available to one who understands the nature of reality.

See also: Buddhism, Thailand, Aachan Chah.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture  each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.