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Year of the Dragon

2012 is the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Zodiac. In the Thai Zodiac, the Dragon is often replaced by a Naga. The Year of the Dragon and the Chinese New Year will commence on the 23rd January 2012 and will be influenced by the Element “Water”. In the Chinese Zodiac and also the
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Asaha Bucha Day

In his very first sermon, The Lord Buddha explained the basic doctrine of Buddhism. The essence of Buddhism is embodied in his teaching of The Four Noble Truths which are fundamental to Buddhist beliefs. It is essential to Buddhists and those people interested in Buddhism to fully understand the Four Noble Truths as they are
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Sacred Skin - Sak Yant Magic Tattoo

Information in easy to understand plain English about Sak Yant, the Magic Tattoo or Buddhist Tattoo has been hard to find – until now. Sacred Skin – Thailand’s Spirit Tattoos is a new book by Tom Vater with photography by Aroon Thaewchatturat. Sacred Skin uncovers the mysteries of Sak Yant, which has been a spiritual
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Sacred Ink is a photographic and multimedia installation exhibition by Cedric Arnold exploring the world of Sak Yant, the Magic Tattoo. Sacred Ink features over 45 large format black-and-white photographs taken in Thailand, as well as sound, video and multimedia projections bringing us further into the world of spiritual tattoos. A body, used as a
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Visakha Bucha Day

Widely known as Vesak or Wesak, Visakha Bucha Day is the Buddhist New Year. Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon of the 6th Lunar Month which in 2011 is the 17th May. Vesak commemorates the three most important events in the life of the Lord Buddha, namely his Birth, Enlightenment and Passing which
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Chakri Day

The 6th April in Thailand is Chakri Day and is a Public Holiday. Chakri Day celebrates the founding of the Chakri Dynasty, The Royal House of Chakri, in 1782 by His Majesty King Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke. known as Rama 1. The Chakri Dynasty which started with Rama 1, has provided 9 Kings of Thailand
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King Rama 1

The Thai King, Rama 1, (1737-1809), the founder of the Chakri Dynasty which is the current ruling Royal House of Thailand, ascended the throne of The Kingdom of Siam, on the 6th April 1782 as His Majesty King Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke. Rama 1 ruled for 28 years until his death in 1809 at the
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Atlas Moth

The Atlas Moth, Attacus Atlas is the largest moth in the World in terms of wing surface area and with a wingspan of up to 30cms, the Atlas Moth is one of the largest moths in overall terms. The female Atlas Moth is larger than the male and also heavier. The lifespan of an Atlas
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Making Merit

A popular way of making merit for Buddhists in Thailand to gain good karma in preparation for their reincarnation, is to release animals from captivity into the wild. These can be small birds, fish, tortoises and other small animals. Accumulating good Karma is essential for a better future life. However, in Thailand, this way of
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Thailand Flooding

Thailand is reeling from a series of natural disasters. Earthquakes, Floods, Drought and unseasonal Cold Weather are testing Thailand’s resources to the limit. Still shaken by the recent earthquake that occurred on the border of Myanmar and Thailand which was felt as far away as Bangkok, recent reports now indicate that there were also earthquakes
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