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Bits of Bangkok [May. 15th, 2006|06:48 am]
susan smitten

I like the Fanta offering... with a straw!

[User Picture]From: doc_cathode
2006-05-16 12:53 am (UTC)
I agree about the Fanta.

I recognize the Indian style Buddhas (I may be wrong to call it that. To me Indiantyle Buddhas are thin and have stylize hair, with built in crown/bulging crown chakra. Chinese style Buddhas are fat, bald, jolly, and may be a syncretion with somebody called Hotei- or the word Hotei may be a title) I know from Buddhist, Hindu, and Daoist sculpture that disembodhied hands in precise poses can represent either a specific aspect of a deity, or a specifif event in a story (Buddha stopping a charging elephant for example). But what is the exact significance of that dancing figures? Who are they? What is the precise meaning of their poses?

In an unrelated question, is Thailand's reputation accurate? I have long heard that it is the place to go for, ooh let's call it sex tourism. If memory serves, a Philadelphia man was recently convicted of travelling to Thailand in order to pay to watch underage boys have sex with each other. Just how much of that kind of thing goes on? What is the government doing about it?

Finally, is it true that one night in Bangkok and the world's your oyster?(I can feel an angel walking next to me?)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2006-05-18 11:36 pm (UTC)
The ones with the leafy things behind their heads? I have no idea! That was a kiosk in a mall, by the way. =) We have one of those woodblock faces on our wall.

After about 10pm, everything in the neighborhood of our hotel (beyond that, I can't say) turns seedy. There was a husband & wife on our crew, and the wife was upset that people were approaching her husband to sell him sex and sex shows. That's all I know, so I can't enlighten you further.

I never heard of Murray Head! Great lyrics, though: "Tea, girls, warm, sweet / Some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite..."
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