I want to ride my bycicle
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Wat Thawet, about 8 km north east of Sukhothai is not that much of a special place in itself, although to me it gave a view to another sight on images of the Buddha. The Wat is a nice aiming point taking a bycicle drive from Sukhothai, going over dusty roads between bananatrees, by the water, and really in the middle of more remoted roads. You feel really more between locals as you might have imagined them before you realized that also these countries had development. Being so close to the city, not that Sukhothai itself has that much to offer, it’s nice to feel totally away of it.
It’s true that most of the images of the Buddha that I had seen before, were seated ones, but in Sukhothai I started realizing that there were more poses the images of the Buddha were showing. Different poses for a Buddha statue also imply different meanings.
Sunday is presented by a standing Buddha, with both hands at his middle and his eyes wide open, symbolizing the gazing at the Bodhi tree.
Monday is a standing Buddha with one hand raised and open. The meaning of this one is the stopping of the floods. The raised hand symbolizing forbidding (the water to ruine the village).
Tuesday is a Buddha lying down, symbolizing dreaming.
Wednesday, during day time, is presented by a standing Buddha with a bowl in his hands. A bowl meant for alms. For the evening the Buddha is shown in a seated position with both hands resting, but the right one with its palm up as a gesture of receiving alms.
Thursday the Buddha is presented seated, crosse legs, with both hands resting palms up. The left hand cups the right one. This situation symbolizes the enlightment or the meditation.
Friday the image of the Buddha is presented standing, with both hands crossing above the chest and with a pensive attitude. This is the reflection.
Saturday the image is presented almost like the one for Thursday. Seated, cross legged, both hands palm up. The difference seems to be the background of this image, where seven snake heads are protecting the Buddha. This image symbolizes the Buddha being protected by Naga Mucilinda.
This review is based on notes I made during my visit at Wat Thawet, with my own imagination being my guide sometimes, probably.
Wat Thawet also has a lot of other sometimes explicit and different statues to offer. Statues from reincarnated people, giving a clear view on the Karma concept, as people coming back suffering from the way they lived their past life.
Some people might call it quitch the whole Wat Thawet concept, others might accept it with a smile, others might even find it tremendous. Its for everyone him- or herself to decide what she or he thinks of it, but in combination with the bycicle drive and the dusty roads being so close, but really outside the city…if you have a spare day in Sukhothai, why don’t you try it?