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    Can Anyone Identify This Buddha Gesture?

    Can anyone identify this Buddha Gesture:



    The hands are in the same position as "Stopping Mara", but I've never seen the legs positioned that way before.

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    Maybe, he got a cramp.

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    Nope, but I do recognise the hand gestures in the DUDE and MTD's avitars..

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    Nope, where did you find it?

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    ^Ms. AC "rented" an amulet with that image on it. I'll ask her some more when she gets home. She got a book saying that the wat is in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Wat Phra Mahatat? (My Thai reading ain't so great....)

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    My first thought on reading the title was to crank up Photoshop, but I thought better of it as I need to all the good Karma I can get, seeing as I really was a dog in my past life.

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    Well if he was scratching his ass would it have to have a religious significance or could it mean his ass was itchy??

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    This clearly isn't Subduing Mara (Bhumisparsa Mudra) because the fingers of the left hand aren't touching the ground.

    The leg positions are more typical of early Indian Buddha figures than of Thai ones. I've seen similar figures in Indonesia, too, dating from the 11th centure C.E.

    I suspect that the figure is Abhaya Mudra - though it's extremely unusual for this mudra to be used for a seated figure.
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    Stopping Mara -- right hand raised, palm out -- ปางห้ามมาร -- is different from subduing Mara.

    But, in neither stopping Mara or subduing Mara is Buddha's left hand on the knee as in this image. And, the bent leg is very unusual.

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    Looks like this could be similar
    Avalokitesvara's worship was introduced into China (as Kuan-yin) as early as the 1st century AD. Representations of the bodhisatta in China prior to the Sung dynasty (960–1126) were masculine in appearance. Later images displayed attributes of both genders is believed to be accordance with the Lotus Sutra where Avalokitesvara has the ability of assuming whatever form is required to relieve suffering and has the power to grant children.
    The Great Deity Avalokitesvara
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    Very interesting. Thanks.

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    He's just saying 'Hi'. Quite simple, really.

    Sridartha was a friendly fellow, it seems.

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    The image is actually of "Jatukarm Ramthep" (จตุคาม-รามเทพ), god of the sea....

    จตุคาม-รามเทพ

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    Why is he sitting on a cobra?

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterinja
    Why is he sitting on a cobra?
    Well, that's why I assumed it was a Buddha image....

    Turned out I was wrong.

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    Look at the leg position of the image. This is what is known as the "Royal Ease" position, normally, only devas and monks would be seen sitting in this way, esp devas.
    And yes, this is a Jatukam, a deva, not Buddha.

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    Back to the start of the thread - Mrs AC "rented" the amulet ????
    How does that work ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman View Post
    Back to the start of the thread - Mrs AC "rented" the amulet ????
    How does that work ??
    My wife 'rented' a 5 kg stone Buddha at a wat about 15 years ago when leaving Thailand. Got it blessed by the monks and watered. The rent was whatever amount she wanted to part with. She doesn't remember now how much it really was.

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    Was she allowed to take it out of Thailand, did she have papers to say she could ? wife told me not allowed to take her jade looking one to uk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgit View Post
    Was she allowed to take it out of Thailand, did she have papers to say she could ? wife told me not allowed to take her jade looking one to uk.
    Yes, as a Thai, with a 5 year residency card for Germany, she was allowed to take the Buddha out of Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watterinja View Post
    Why is he sitting on a cobra?

    Liked living Dangerously ? perhaps thats what got him in the End !!!!!
    pun intended .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    Back to the start of the thread - Mrs AC "rented" the amulet ????
    How does that work ??
    Buddha images are not supposed to be owned by individuals. Therefore, when you "buy" an amulet or other Buddha image you are actually supposed to be just renting it. When you ask the price you use the word for rent rather than the word for buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buad hai View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    Back to the start of the thread - Mrs AC "rented" the amulet ????
    How does that work ??
    Buddha images are not supposed to be owned by individuals. Therefore, when you "buy" an amulet or other Buddha image you are actually supposed to be just renting it. When you ask the price you use the word for rent rather than the word for buy.

    People do rent amulets, the reason is simple, powerful amulets are very very expensive so amulet sellers will rent out their expensive amulets to people who need them for a short time, say for a wedding or during an illness or important business transaction .
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    you can get a letter from the ministry of Buddhism at Phuttamonthon if you want to take images out of Thailand. Just convince them that it will be respected.

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