Friday, April 12, 2013

Big 18 armed Buddhas....

Since there was rain in the forecast today, I decided to skip the beach and take in some sights on the island here on Koh Samui...

The Big Buddha.....




The 18 armed Buddha.....




Also known as Cundi and the "mother of all buddhas" She is depicted with 18 arms wielding implements that symbolize skillful means of the Dharma. The 18 arms also represent the 18 merits of attaining Buddhahood.

Grandmother and Grandfather rocks......




The Hin Ta/Hin Yai legend is a tale of tragedy tinged with hope, as described on a signboard near the rocks: “A folklore of Samui Island tells the story of an old couple by the name of Ta Kreng (Grandpa Kreng) and Yai Riem (Grandma Riem) who lived with their son in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Since their son had come of age, they felt that it was time he got married. “One day they decided to sail to the neighboring province of Prachuap Khiri Khan to ask for the hand of the daughter of a man named Ta Monglai. During their sea journey, their boat was seized by a storm. The old man and his wife were unable to swim ashore. They died at sea, turning into rocks as proof to the would-be bride's parents of their true intentions. The rocks stand there to this day.”

Monkeying around....


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