Details from a 19th-century accordion-fold (samut khoi) Thai manuscript depicting a scene from the Rāmmakīan - on view in the @kislakcenter's beautiful exhibition "Intertwined Worlds." This style of book is very narrow and horizontal - swipe to move from left (Sītā) to middle (manuscript text) to right (Rāmā)
Philly friends, be sure to see this wonderful exhibition curated by Benjamin Fleming (@Indic_MSS on Twitter) with objects lovingly prepared by conservator @sarahreidell and design by Andrea Gottschalk!
According to traditional Thai beliefs, giants are big and formidable so they are great at protecting a place from bad things and bad luck. Suvarnabhumi Airport, as a gateway to the country, is a perfect place for these giants to protect and at the same time show off their grandiosity (or formidability) to international visitors. In total, there are 12 beautifully sculptured giants which are all originated from the epic poem of Ramakian.
Head to Suvarnabhumi Airport Facebook page to find out more!
Hanuman in India is usually depicted carrying a gada (mace). That's often not the case in Thailand. Here he wields a trisul ตรีศูล (trident), a sword (why not?), and a chakram
จักร (circular throwing blade). The circle in his upper right hand I originally thought was his chakram, but no, that's down in his lower hand. Up top is a very stylized depiction of the moon and stars. You know it's Hanuman because when Hanuman yawns, the moon and stars come out. Like, out of his mouth. It's one of the weirdest and best things about him. Also, this particular Hanuman is the logo for a construction company I didn't note the name of, because who cares about construction companies? (Not me.)