- west to Afghanistan, Central Asia, ancient Greece, and onto China, Japan, and Korea
- south to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Indonesia
- east to Burma, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam
- north to Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and Mongolia.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Erawan Museum's Buddhist cosmology
Thailandsworld.com; Wisdom Quarterly; Stewie1980 (Flickr.com)
Hinduism was brought to Southeast Asia 1,500 years ago and was the controlling belief system of the imperial Khmers and Siamese kingdoms. Buddhism had pervaded the lands beyond India in all directions:
The building is constructed as a symbol, just as temple prangs are a symbol of Mount Meru. The former Kingdom of Laos used the symbol head of Erawan on its flag, and statues of Erawan can be seen throughout Bangkok.
The building's three floors have, on the first floor, antiquities, on the second floor, decorative artistic statues and a stained glass ceiling illustrating the zodiac and the world (as shown here) and the top floor contains Buddhist relics and ancient statues. There is also a painted ceiling illustrating the cosmos. More