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The Broken Deva Statue ~ Thailand

A broken statue of a deva with its arm missing placed under a bodhi tree in a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Just like everything in life, altar statues or ‘holy statues’ can end up being damaged or broken.

In most cultures of the world nowadays, a broken statue would just be disposed in the trash and forgotten.

In Thailand, and I suppose in other Buddhist countries, statues representing Buddha or other spiritual creatures like devas or spirit houses are never thrown away in the trash. When a statue becomes damaged, most people take them to a temple and place them in a “statue graveyard”. They are never abandoned and forgotten and many still come and place offerings.

As for the Spirit Houses, they are usually placed at the base of bodhi trees in the city and rarely in temples. Spirit houses are more related to Animism than Buddhism.


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  • http://www.nomadicmatt.com Nomadic Matt

    I’m loving all the Thailand photos. stay there longer so I can live vicariously through you.

  • http://www.nomadicmatt.com Nomadic Matt

    I’m loving all the Thailand photos. stay there longer so I can live vicariously through you!!!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you for the visit Matt! I’ll actually end up posting more and more photos from Thailand anyway as my other photos are running out ;) Cheers!

  • http://unerasia.com uner

    and i wonder the age of some of the holy statue though, could be thousands of years

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Yes, but I think the older ones are much more sturdy than the new statues. Old ones were carved in stone, now it’s mainly whitewash.

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