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Little Altars Everywhere


Tucked behind or inside every gas station, clothing store, restaurant, four star hotel, Starbucks– anything at all!– in Thailand, you can see a tiny but gorgeously ornate Buddhist shrine.

Sometimes as you walk by, the curls of incense will kiss your senses and aromatically relax you.

Sometimes, the business or home owner will be walking by with a tiny offering of food for the shrine.

Sometimes, incense in hand, the person will be deep in prayer.

They always look happy.

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Meanwhile, in big, bright paintings, splashed across skyscrapers or ringed with gold sun-flames, you will see the King and Queen smiling and waving.

My favorite mural was this one of the King’s many talents. Look at him in his myriad of elements… even saxophone!

Given our American cynicism for government, there’s something so sweet and refreshing about all these loving hollers to the rulers.

The Temples of Bangkok
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