A Few Frescoes from Thailand

I was fascinated by the frescoes on the walls of many Buddhist temples. Some of the paintings are huge murals. Some are amazingly detailed. Others are just plain bizarre and even psychedelic. Most frescoes are designed to illustrate Buddhist history, teach important lessons, or show moral dilemmas. I'll leave the interpretations to you.

Demon Fresco

Demon fresco. Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai.

Dragon Fresco

Dragon fresco. Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai.

Fresco of Giant

Lillipution fresco. Wat Chiang Man, Chiang Mai.

Elephant Fresco

Elephant fresco. Wat Lam Chang, Chiang Mai.

Naga and Buddha on Lotus Flower

Naga (mythical snakes) and Buddha on a lotus flower. Wat Lam Chang, Chiang Mai.

Hunting fresco

Hunting Fresco. Wat Lam Chang, Chiang Mai.

Blackboard in front of fresco

Unike the others shown here, this mural was painted outside the temple under a sala (an open-air building with a roof but with few if any walls). Contrasts between modern and ancient describe a lot of Thailand, and I love the contrasts in this photograph. Beautiful script in a town where few could read... Decaying infrastructure with new artwork...

 

 

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Michelle gets devoured by a snake

Oops. Michelle gets devoured by a snake.