|Spirit House at the Villas|
|Another Spirit House|
|Spirit House with ribbons|
|Close up of ceramic figures|
|Glass Spirit House|
Chakrabongse is within a block not only of great Thai street markets, but also my favorite place to visit - the Wat Po, which houses Thailand’s largest reclining buddha, dramatic, guilded, and awesome. If you’ve never stood before big, this Buddha is BIG. It’s length is about 100 feet long. It’s feet are flat and about ten feet long. On the bottom of the feet is a mother-of-pearl detail of the 108 auspicious signs of a genuine Buddha. This Wat is also special, the oldest one built in the 16th century, because it is home of the Thai massage school where the rage began. Here I dropped the 108 coins in the 108 pots for good measure and a safe trip home.
|Spirit House at Assisted Conception|
|Chao Mae Tupin Shrine|
|Poor neighborhood S.H.|
Another shrine which is so filled with petitioners, marigold and jasmine stringers, lottery ticket buying, Thai girls dancing, incense burning, and activity (it’s the only thing I saw that resembled the bustle of Buddhist temples and monasteries in Tibet) was Erawan Shrine to the Hindu god Brahma and his elephant Erawan. Here miracles happen to those who are having severe problems. Make an offering of three incense sticks, a candle, a jasmine/marigold garland and a piece of gold leaf to all four faces of Brahma. Then if good things happen, problems are solved, you must come back with another offering of thanksgiving or else bad things happen.
|108 coins in 108 pots|
One other particularly curious place was a Spirit House outside the Institute of Assisted Conception. There must have been 100 zebra figures inundating this house. Don’t know the significance. Don’t know if the women descending the stairs had been able to conceive. However next door was a huge MacDonalds, a red and yellow and white Ronald MacDonald (statue) was sitting on a red bench. There was no spirit house or shrine. Just an odor of cooking meat. #end