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A row of Buddhas at Wat Pho

I mentioned in the note of a previous post that I sometimes tend to repeat the same photos, sort of creativity on autopilot I said. Well, this is certainly true when it comes to "repeated patterns" since I often can’t resist shooting it when I see one while travelling. Rows of Buddhas in a temple are a good example of this and, considering the large number of results you get when googling for images of "Buddhas in a row", we are many believing that it can be an interesting subject. Looking at these images, I realized that the focus is generally on the second statue. I guess it's a natural choice. If you are lucky, the second statue has something that makes it special. This is not the case here, the sharp Buddha being just a little more tarnished than the others, but I like the way his thoughts seem far away from the real world in front of him.

This photo was taken at Wat Pho, one of the biggest and oldest temples in Bangkok, located immediately south of the Grand Palace, and home of a famous huge reclining Buddha (several photos on TE).

Siddhartha Gautama, alias Buddha (the "awakened" one, the "enlightened" one), was a spiritual teacher from the Indian subcontinent (6th or 5th century B.C.), founder of a community of wandering monks from which Buddhism evolved. In the first half of the 20th century, Buddhism was the world’s largest religion (520 millions adherents in 1951). It would now be the fourth largest religion behind Christianity, Islam and Hinduism (National Geographic, Dec. 2005).

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