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Aside from the gold there is a rather intriguing amount of symbolism associated with the Royal Family. Two sets that most usually crop up are:

The little golden umbrella pyramid style things that go above the head in many images and statues. For the King and Lord Buddha you get nine of these in a series above the head. For the Queen, well she gets seven, and other members of the Royal Family, they are on five, until they get a promotion.

Then there are often the "Golden Egg" type things that are positioned around the image / statue. These ?fruits?, as my team tell me - so let?s hope they are not winding me up again - originally come from the sacred Buddha tree and are changed into silver and gold when they are offered as gifts.

In this day and age many a nation knocks their royal families. In Thailand the King does as good a job as anyone in such a position could. Not only does King Bhumipol (Rama IX) manage to motivate and unite most of the nation, He also manages to quieten down the politicians when things go somewhat astray. He popped up on TV to quieten / dispel military coups. One King that has most certainly earnt His respect.

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2005
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