Thai Buddha Images : Iconography (Gestures and Postures) . Jataka Tales (mural Paintings)

 

Buddha-Images.com shows Buddha images from Thailand with different postures and gestures. The hand gestures of the Buddha images are explained. The different styles of Buddha images in Thailand (according to historical periods) are exemplified. Besides the life of the Buddha, we also feature the 10 previous lives of the Buddha (the Jataka Tales) as seen in mural paintings in Thai temples.

 

Hand gestures of the Buddha

 

Hand Gestures of Buddha Images :

The six main mudras
Dhyana Mudra (Meditation)
Bhumisparsha Mudra (Subduing Mara)
Abhaya Mudra (Fearlessness)
Vitarka Mudra (Teaching)
Varada Mudra (Blessing, Gift)

 

Characteristics and Postures of Buddha Images :

Overview
Sitting Buddhas
Reclining Buddhas
Seven Days of the Buddha (Buddha images for each day of the week)

 

Historicical Buddha images in Thailand

 

Buddha Images in Thailand : Styles in different Historical Periods

Dvaravati Art
Khmer and Lopburi Style
Chiang Saen - Lanna Style
Sukhothai Style
U-Thong Style
Ayutthaya Style

 

The Jataka Tales on mural paintings in Thai temples

 

10 Lives of the Buddha - the Jataka Tales :

(as shown on mural paintings in Thai Temples)

Introduction
Temiya Jataka
Mahajanaka Jataka
Sama Jataka
Nimi Jataka
Mahosadha Jataka
Bhuridatta Jataka
Canda-Kumara Jataka
Narada Jataka
Vidhura-Pandita Jataka
Vessantara Jataka

 

Thai temples and monasteries, Wat Pho, Bangkok

 

Temples and Monasteries in Thailand :

Introduction
Wat Pho
Wat Benchamabophit
Buddha Images at Phra Pathom Chedi

 

Historical Background :

Dvaravati Period
Sukhothai Kingdom
Ayutthaya Kingdom
Introduction to Buddhism in Thailand

 

 

 



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