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Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 3

This Wat also has its own share of Buddha statues in seated and standing positions. 

Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 3

This Wat also has its own share of Buddha statues in seated and standing positions. 

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Elles sont très belles. Leurs tenues sont un peu différentes.
Ayush Basu: I imagine there might be subtle difference, Martine. Thank you for pointing that out.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 7 Aug 2017, 00:42
Very good, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Ray.
I like the varying hand positions... must mean something? Nice angle to show them, Ayush!
Ayush Basu: I assume them to be 'mudras', Elizabeth. Apparently they are hand gestures that contribute to emotional well being [http://www.azulfit.com/hand-mudras-power-and-meaning/]
I do like the feminine side of these Buddhas, Ayush, and how every one of them seems to have its own character, even if the faces are the same.
Ayush Basu: A recurring feature in these temples, isn't it, Ginnie? I leave you with this link to the connection between hand gestures and emotional well being [http://www.azulfit.com/hand-mudras-power-and-meaning/]
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 Aug 2017, 07:31
Buddhas everywhere!
Ayush Basu: Staggering, Chris.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Aug 2017, 07:33
The earlobes seem quite stylised.
Ayush Basu: They are said to be long as a sign of his past. He was born in a princely family where it was customary for royals to wear heavy earrings (gold/precious stones). Although he renounced that, his earlobes were probably extended by then. This is pure conjecture, Alan.
Buddha manufacture must be big business Ayush
Ayush Basu: Take the Chinese style Taoist and Confuciuan deities along with the Buddhas and you have a recession proof industry, Bill!
These are slim line Buddhas,compared to others we have seen on SC
Ayush Basu: Perhaps you are referring to the Laughing Buddha, who indeed was supposed to have been rather roly-poly, Martin.
I wonder why they go for large numbers of similar statues Ayush.
Ayush Basu: I think the concept is: numerous small sized ones, few (10~20) human sized ones and one enormous one that dwarfs all devotees, Chad.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 7 Aug 2017, 08:31
And hands in different poses, too
Ayush Basu: I believe they are mudras - gestures relating to emotional well being, Lisl.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Aug 2017, 09:12
Great series, Ayush. I am alway in awe when I see such beautiful art.
Ayush Basu: Very kind of you to look through, Astrid. Penang is one of the most fascinating places I have been to in recent times.
now how did he end up so fat?? lol he is slim in all these statues... i'll tell you why, that huge fast under the tree ruined his metabolism lolol great picture, my friend
Ayush Basu: smile
I believe that was a different (the Laughing) Buddha. I am told this one is from modern day Nepal whereas the chubbier one is from somewhere in China. And to be accurate, he was not a Buddha, more like a travelling monk. But I loved your conjecture, Elaine grin
A very distinctive style of Buddha statue.
Ayush Basu: They were all distinctive in that sense, Tom. But then again, there are numerous 'mudras', so I imagine that is the source of why there are so many different statues.
Each one is slightly different in that the arms are in different positions.
Ayush Basu: They are different as they associate with different mudras or positions that induce emotional well being, Brian.
The hands tell the tale, I think.
Ayush Basu: Apparently they are linked to emotional health, Mary.
I like the hair-dos...
Ayush Basu: I believe people with knowledge in this area call it a man-bun, Larry.
An interesting set of statues.
Ayush Basu: Yes indeed, CP. Many mudras which form inspiration for all these statues.
You took so many pictures in this temple.
What else did you see in Penang?
Ayush Basu: Stay tuned, LC. Let me say that I have enough pictures to last the remainder of the year.
That is really nicely composed.
Ayush Basu: Thank you kindly, Michael.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Aug 2017, 22:37
It remains interesting how the Buddha figures change in appearance in various cultures/areas. Some of these ones have a definite feminine chest area.
Ayush Basu: I think I can agree with your observation, Louis.
  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2017, 02:24
Wonderful composition. I like the leading lines and esp the colors.
Ayush Basu: Thank you for the encouraging comment, Bonnie. I find I am still learning and improving compositional skills.
Nicely composed, Ayush... smile
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Sudipto.

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