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Unusual Buddha Images: What is it?
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    Unusual Buddha Images: What is it?

    I often visit temples and whenever I see something unusual I try to take a picture. I already have quite a few pictures of Buddha images which I have documented here:

    Gestures of the Buddha 01
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    Gestures of the Buddha 03

    I have also visited a Buddha image which had six toes and another where you can go inside to see the heart. Today I came across two more unusual Buddha images.

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    This is a Buddha image where he is touching his head to give eight strands of hair to two merchants who asked for a relic.

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    However, this second one I have never seen before. Does anyone know what it represents?

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    Re: Unusual Buddha Images: What is it?

    I have a photo of an unusual Buddha, which I took in September with intent to ask but forgot. The Thai family I was with all said they had never seen anything like this before elsewhere. It is a large temple in the middle of nowhere near Mae Taeng. There is a row of some 30 or so Buddhas, all different, many interesting hand gestures.

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    Re: Unusual Buddha Images: What is it?

    The Buddha image looking over his left shoulder is certainly interesting and one you don't see often. Actually I don't think I have ever seen it. It is an image of the Buddha bidding farewell to the city of Vesali as he knew he would never come back. It was shortly before he died.

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    Re: Unusual Buddha Images: What is it?

    The Buddha on the left of the image looking back at Vesali in Betti's photo seems to be either the symbolism of the Buddha persuading relatives not to quarrel or stop fighting, or of Buddha preaching reason. But it looks more like the former (the quality of the book is not very good, as seemingly of most books printed in Laos). I got them from a book obtained from Ho Phra Keo Museum, Vientiane; the book has a whole list of the Buddha in various hand gestures and postures. But it does not have the one shown in Richard's first photo here. Too bad my scanner broke down or I can post both pictures here which also come with Laotian words, so that forumers can better decide which one represents Betti's.
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    Scanner still not working. Images from the book taken via my phone camera (digital camera broke down too - seems everything is breaking down). Hope the Laotian words give a clearer picture which one is Betti's...
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    Re: Unusual Buddha Images: What is it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    However, this second one I have never seen before. Does anyone know what it represents?
    Only a guess, His right hand is indicating to the adults to stop where they are, the left hand is indicating to the children to come from the side and sit in front. The reason for this is so the taller adults can sit at the back and the shorter children can listen and view Buddha with out there view being blocked by the adults.

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