Warding off Solicitors

I visited numerous temples in Thailand–so many that I can’t remember them all. I had a few tourist maps that I picked up at the airport and hotel lobbies, each with different wats labelled throughout Bangkok. For the first few days I stopped at almost every one I passed. After awhile it took effort to locate a feature of each temple that made it stand out.Door

At one temple, I noticed this ornate door. Unlike others I saw, the guard depicted on the door had some gruesome black paint on it. When I asked about it, I was told it wasn’t paint, but rather coffee used to make the guard more fierce to help ward off evil spirits.

 

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