Pragmatic Religion

We saw this Thai gentlemen releasing a Khom Loy next to the Ping River during Loy Khrathang. Notice the interesting juxtaposition: He's wearing a Buddhist charm on his wrist and participating in a Buddhist holiday. At the same time, he's wearing a cross, the symbol for Christianity.

091101 Loy Krathang

In western culture we would tend to observe that Buddhism and Christianity are mutually exclusive and pick one or the other. But Thais tend to be more pragmatic, picking and choosing bits and pieces of whatever works. As a friend said, this man has all his bases covered.

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