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    Gold Colour Statues

    While visiting temples in Thailand I observed that they use a lot of gold colour on the statues. What is this 'gold' material? Does it not fade?
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    Re: Gold Colour Statues

    Are you referring to the gold leaf squares?

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    Re: Gold Colour Statues

    Yes the gold leaf squares and the statues themselves.
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    Re: Gold Colour Statues

    Gold in the form of a thin leaf is an item valued for its purity as a religious offering and for its power to placate spirits and request favours. Postage-stamp-size booklets of gold leaves are always on sale along with incense, flowers and candles at temples and shrines for use as daily offerings.

    One way for Thai Buddhists to show their respect for a person or concept is to make merit by affixing small squares of gold leaf onto images of Buddha or other sacred objects.

    Even the act of making gold leaf earns merit for individuals. Sheets of gold are pounded to .000005 of an inch. The leaves of gold are made by two poundings with wooden mallets. It takes about five hours of hammering to complete one pouch of gold leaf. Then the job passes to the delicate hands of young girls to slice up squares of 2.5 centimetres and put them on waxed paper and stacked in booklets ready to sell.

    : "Thai Studies Through Games" Book 2 by Assist. Prof. Wadee Kheourai.

    I am certain that at least some Buddhas are painted with gold paint. I have done this personally when I helped out at a temple.

    Hope this helps...

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    Re: Gold Colour Statues

    Are these squares real gold?

    In 2006 when I visited Germany I saw a demonstration of a traditional method of making "Gold Leaf". As everything was in the German language I did not understand anything!
    But it was an awesome experience!

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    Re: Gold Colour Statues

    I am sure the intention is to produce pure gold leaf for this offering but I can not test nor can I honestly claim all that glitters is gold. I must admit the layers upon layers of gold leaf pressed on statues for years is quite impressive and a memory I will always keep about Thailand.

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    Re: Gold Colour Statues

    Ohhh yeah! I think it's gold I remember in 1999 I used to work with the group of thai artist decorated some items at one of the SS house in Lampang,those gold leaves are genuine we could collected even tiny fragment to refinery place.

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