History Of The Emerald Buddha

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The Emerald Buddha (Phra Kaew Morakot) currently resides at Wat Phra Keow in Bangkok, Thailand, and has been there since 1784 (Diskul; Kislenko, 138). The statue sits high up in a glass case and only the King is able to touch the Buddha statue (Suksri). A very important ceremony occurs where the King cleans the Buddha and wipes away the dust in preparation to re-dress the statue (Roeder). The ceremony performed by the King involving the most sacred object in Thailand, the Emerald Buddha, for the well-being of the Thai nation, is the robe changing ceremony that occurs three times a year: March, the hot season, July, the rainy season, and November, the cool season (Roeder; Trainor, 126). The Emerald Buddha is made of Jade or nephrite, but was originally covered with stucco until lightning struck reveling the Jade or nephrite underneath (Roeder; Suksri). “Close inspection is prohibited”, according to Naengnoi Suskri on the Asian Historical Website. The Buddha is seated in the virasana position where the right leg lays on the left leg (Roeder). The Buddha’s right had is laying is his left hand and both hands are facing up and resting in his lap (Roeder). There is a gold third eye on his face above his eyebrows (Roeder). To this day, its origin is unknown; however, it is believed to have magical powers to whoever possess it (Suksri). It is also believed that the Emerald Buddha has magical powers against evil spirits and disease (Roeder). In 1782, King Rama I started the holiest shrine in Thailand that was to house the Emerald Buddha and it was finished in 1784 (Diskul; Kislenko, 106). The temple has three doors that face the sunrise and three doors that face the sunset (Kislenko, 106). The temple is filled with mural pain... ... middle of paper ... ...ho believe in it. Kislenko, Arne. "Architecture and Design." Culture and Customs of Thailand. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2004. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 13 Feb 2014. Kislenko, Arne. "Festivals and Fun." Culture and Customs of Thailand. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2004. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 13 Feb 2014. Kislenko, Arne. "Social Customs." Culture and Customs of Thailand. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood, 2004. ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Web. 13 Feb 2014. Professor M.C. Subhadradis Diskul, . N.p.. Web. 10 Feb 2014. . Roeder, E. n. page. Suksri, Naengnoi, . N.p.. Web. 10 Feb 2014. . Trainor, Kevin . Buddhism The Illustrated Guide. OXFORD, 2004. print.

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