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Giant Statues
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Friday, 09 February 2007 02:32

The characters from the Ramakian appear frequently in temple paintings and in murals surrounding the galleries of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This temple can boast the largest number of demon guardians at the gates - twelve of them standing in pairs. Each has a distinguishing color. The two entrances on the east side are watched over by Suriyaphop who is red and Thosakan's son, Inthrachit, who is green. The second gate is guarded by Wirunhok, who is dark blue and a green Mangkawnkan. At the back on the west side, three pairs of Yaksha are guarding: Wirunjambang (grey) and Maiyarap (orchid), white Sahasadecha and green Thosakan, a purple Askanamara and a white Jakawat. At the south gate, only two guards are on duty - the green Thoskhiriwan and the red Thoskhirithon, twin sons of Thosakan.

Yaksha statues are usually stationed facing the gates, with their backs to the temple they guard. At Wat Phra Kaew, there is an exception as they face the shrine of the Emerald Buddha to protect the Emerald Buddha.

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Information from: "Yakshas, The Giant Guardians of the Temple", Thailand Illustrated.
Pictures copyright: Gor Daoruang.