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  Three Points at Wat Pho. On the buzzer.
by Bangkokjoe

I?m not talking about wat?s being the houses of God as was thrust into me at a North London Church of England school. What I mean about ?wat?s as homes? is that a wat is in its broadest definition is an enclosed / defined area where men and women can be ordained. And once they are ordained they live and ?work? in and around the wat.

A great many wats have the chapels, have the towering chedis and have the small out of the way personal shrines we all love to photograph. (And the Thais often love to cover these with as much shiny stuff they can lay their hands on.) Added to this, wats have the ?life goes on bit? we don?t tend to notice on our first photographic pass.

Round the sides of the compounds there is all the ?living now? stuff - the dormitories, the salas (pavilions with no walls to allow the breeze to blow through, good for a chat with an older wiser monk), and in the wealthier wats, there will be a library to boot. Great for those newly ordained wat swots.

Here we are in Wat Pho, with one of its two basketball courts. As they say strong body, strong mind. The novice monks playing on a Saturday evening are pretty good at scoring the odd three-pointer. Be the ball guys, be the ball.

Double the amount of respect then. Spiritual sites, and also someone's home.

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  • Written May 23, 2005
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