Twinny back from Thailand …. ” land of smiling faces…”
Even the doorman of the lift handling his supremely monotonous job … ready for a pic and a smile …
Smiling ,Respectful Fearful.. each home in this 95% Buddhist country …is guarded by the Spirit House …erected at a strategic spot outside the home / hotel / workplace…
Each SPIRIT HOUSE reflects its owners personality ..ranging from the humble to the opulent ….
Spirits in The Spirit House are given daily offerings of fruits ,flowers ,prayers !!!!They revered in manner fairly akin to Hindu traditions …!Aha…influences of Hinduism in every corner of the world!!!
Twinny curious to know why CLUSTERS of spirit houses at BENDS or accident prone sites on the road…
Well ….They kept for a reason….
Danger or no danger lurking ahead….
At present Thailand caught in a period of flux/ certain uncertainty!
Hitherto the nation was ruled by the much loved , semi idolised KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ….
The LONGEST reigning monarch in the world !!Longer than the Queen of England!
A grassroots monarch…dedicated to his subjects…..
he introduced the Sufficiency Economy theory teaching
people to be conservative and live within their means…
There are about 4000 Royal Development Projects … including such conveniences like floating medical clinics plying along the banks of islands…offering health services to remote and isolated rural areas …
He was also quite a musician …here are some of the instruments(saxophone and trumpets) he could play …
Some of his golden words…
On Dec 19th will be his official cremation … a towering funeral pyre befitting his Majesty is to be constructed…..where the late kings divine SPIRIT will return ….
A STUDY in CONTRAST is the kings son…MahaVajiralongkorn!
Accustomed to wearing crop tops ,the 64year old thrice divorced ,tattooed playboy Crown Prince … DOES’NT quite instil confidence in his subjects ..
Here are pictures….
Unbelievable but true!
And of his pet poodle FUFU …. whose birthday he celebrated along with his wife dressed only in a g string…!
Moreover there is a special Thai rule or law ( number 112). ‘LESE MAJESTE’
Whereby one can be imprisoned for criticising Thai royalty …
So the Thais feel …the LESS SAID ,the better !
And so does Twinny !!!Who knows she could be put in a Thai jail for commenting oh -so -loosely on Thai royalty !
Time to don some disguise and escape to some safe beach …
Come on Don … you too!!
(Yes! Hi and Bye
Same Same in Thai !!)