What Came First: Thai Buddha Art or Buddhism in Bangkok?Posted by: Damon Webster | Posted on: February 10, 2021
"Thai Buddha'' or did someone say "Theravada Buddhism?" Are we going to talk about a statue or a religion? In brief, we will do some of both. After reviewing many different web sites on Buddhism in Thailand finding so many various opinions, traditions and sometimes conflicting information, my brain turned into mush. You can also buy buddha wall decor via https://www.claudiofiori.com/shop/buddhism.
Thai Buddhism differs in practices and scholars have difficulty tracking all the variances between regions plus accounting for subtle influences of Hinduism, "magical" practices, *animistic beliefs.
A belief that spirits exist not only in humans but also in all other animals, plants, rocks, and even natural phenomena such as thunder, rain or geographic features such as mountains or rivers.The early versions of the Indian Theravada Pali canon are still being utilized in comparative studies for accuracy and oral tradition throughout Thailand.
In my opinion the religious influences have also consequently had similar impacts on their Thai Buddha art. I have counted up 8 different scholarly categories of Buddha statues, such as: Dvaravarti, Sukhothai, Chiang Saen and U Thong being the most popular.
Each has their own subtle details as well as unique back-stories of origination.. I personally have found it fascinating to read about how religions can be influenced and how art influences then affect cultures over time.
Even though religions by their definition are supposed to be based upon unchanging rules and structure… a Thai Buddha represents much more than just a singular face of a religion or culture, but something continuously evolving, adapting and organic!