Buddhas of wood, ceramics and metal
Thai Buddha figures and statues made of wood or stone radiate calmness and serenity not only as a yoga figure or in the Feng Shui. For the Buddhist, they are a symbol of peace and coexistence in the Western world. In Thailand one can find these Buddha statues almost everywhere. Not only in Buddhist temples, but also home to the family, in front of shops and shopping centers, on many streets in all the cities and villages of Thailand, in workshops and factories. These Buddha images are almost always in a superior position above the minds of the passers-by. For the purpose of reverence, the view of a Buddha figure should always be directed upwards. Thailand is by far not only the land of the Thaimassage, but also the deep-rooted faith and respect for Buddhism.
Why are the Buddha figures and statues so popular in Thailand?
This omnipresent presence of the Buddhas is not without a coincidence. Official figures say that over 94% of Thai population Buddhists are teaching the Theravada school. In these Buddhism prevailing in Thailand, elements of the national religion, especially of ancestral worship, were adopted. Widespread is the belief in the spirits of the ancestors and their power and presence in Thailand. In Thailand you can find the Buddha figures in different shapes and colors. There are figures for yoga and feng shui made of natural stone, made of wood of different types of wood, of metal, of course also of gold and even of decorated, painted or painted concrete. The most remarkable Buddha images are surely the ancient Buddhas made of natural stone, which can still be found almost everywhere in Thailand. If you are interested in ancient Buddha statues and temples, you should look at the city of Sukhothai (literally: Dawn of Bliss), located in the north of Thailand. There are over 200 temple ruins on and in front of Sukhothai's old city area, the oldest from the 13th century.
Is Buddhism practiced only in Asia?
Even in the western world Buddhism has many followers and is practiced, not only by the Buddhist and the native Thai people. Buddhism is perceived and lived here not only as an alternative relegion, but also as a life setting. The peaceful coexistence of all individuals who share the same goal in community life and cohabitation is perceived as ideal by many Buddhist followers. Give respect to receive respect. This is only a basic attitude in the tradition of the Buddhist nature and thoughts.