Thai Traditional Buddhist Shrine

On The Beach – Traditional Thai Shrine

The Thais pray at these Shrines which are everywhere. They also ‘wai’ them as they walk past. To wai is to hold the hands together in front of the face, a mark of respect and a greeting. Younger people should initiate the wai as a mark of respect for their elders. Although I am not Thai, I often wai to say thankyou when someone has helped me or made me feel that they needed my respect.

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Taken in Thailand, Asia © Don Charisma

14 thoughts on “On The Beach – Traditional Thai Shrine

  1. Lovely note about the wai. In the martial art Muay Thai, we do a Wai Kru – which literally means respect to the teachers. It’s a beautiful dance the fighters do in the ring before the fight commences. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is renowned as the world’s most brutal ringsport, however, it is based around respect, which also makes a it a spiritual practise.

    1. Real fighters have respect for each, even though they’re essentially trying to kill each other … however there’s some that think the rules of respect don’t apply to them, “Million Dollar Baby” is a good example to me of that … still that’s life, we have to live our lives in the world as it is, not how we’d like it to be 🙂

      Wai is very big in Thailand, replaces handshakes and head nodding etc as gestures of respect … I do it a lot and find I get on pretty well with the Thais.

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