Thursday, October 2, 2008

Free the Wat Arun Duo

Tiara and I went to Wat Arun yesterday, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Bangkok. Tiara will be posting general pictures later. Right now I'd like to report on Wat Arun's dark secret: Buddha prison cells.

Here you can catch a glimpse of a Buddha trapped in a high cell. Note that he is seated in the "subduing Mara" pose, symbolic of battling against evil - presumably the evil of his captors.

Here's another picture I snapped while the captors were away. Observe the single bottle of water in the cell - the only sustenance granted to these poor statues.

At the risk of playing the inflammatory reactionary, I must again implore you to write your senator. Free the Wat Arun Duo! Stop religious persecution! Up with statuary, down with incarceratuary!

Above: Statuary freedom riders

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