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Phra Ruang

Posted in Ancient amulet s, Phra Ruang with tags , , on January 21, 2015 by ahaina

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Phra Ruang

Sukhothai Province  

ancient image 

Phra Ruang, the name of the dynasty of the monarchs that ruled the Sukhothai Kingdom and a name of hero in Thai legends, has evolved into a generic name for all ancient Sukhothai monarchs or rulers since 14th century. The word “Ruang” means prosperous or glorious. It is believed that Phra Ruang was a monarch who had accomplished a large amount of merit in his previous life, his words were sacred and wise, and with his great knowledge of arts and science, he managed to send out junks to trade with China, being married to the Emperor’s daughter and bringing back Chinese potters to produce ceramics in Sukhothai.

In the circle of votive tablet collectors, the name “Phra Ruang” has been used to call two different groups of votive tablets.

The first group depicts a standing Buddha image in the attitude of granting blessings. The well-known collections include, for example, the repository of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat in Sukhothai, the repository of Maha Thera cave in Lop Buri and the repository of Nong Chaeng in Suphanburi. The Buddha image in this group shows a characteristic of the Khmer-influenced Bayon style.

The second group depicts sitting Buddha image. The characteristics and iconographic details are variable. Each is named according to the site it has been found. The Buddha style is characteristic of the Lop Buri and Sukhothai arts. The sitting Buddha in the style of the Lop Buri art is usually depicted in royal attire and, sometimes, seated inside a flame-like aureola, displaying both the attitude of meditation and subduing Mara while the one in the Sukhothai style is usually found displaying the attitude of subduing Mara and is not highly ornamented. The Buddha characteristics are the same as the votive tablets of the Sukhothai art that have been generally found.

It is assumed that the term “Phra Ruang” as given to the group of the standing Buddha image may derive from “Phra Ruang Rojanarit”, the standing Buddha image of the Sukhothai style that King Rama VI had it transferred from Si Satchanalai, restored and enshrined in the Vihan, north of the Phra Prathom Chedi in Nakhon Prathom. The reason is that the votive tablet collectors viewed that the Buddha style of both images shared similar characteristics.

Phra Ruang

Posted in Ancient amulet s, Phra Ruang with tags , , , on September 1, 2014 by ahaina

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Phra Ruang

ancient image 

Phra Ruang, the name of the dynasty of the monarchs that ruled the Sukhothai Kingdom and a name of hero in Thai legends, has evolved into a generic name for all ancient Sukhothai monarchs or rulers since 14th century. The word “Ruang” means prosperous or glorious. It is believed that Phra Ruang was a monarch who had accomplished a large amount of merit in his previous life, his words were sacred and wise, and with his great knowledge of arts and science, he managed to send out junks to trade with China, being married to the Emperor’s daughter and bringing back Chinese potters to produce ceramics in Sukhothai.

In the circle of votive tablet collectors, the name “Phra Ruang” has been used to call two different groups of votive tablets.

The first group depicts a standing Buddha image in the attitude of granting blessings. The well-known collections include, for example, the repository of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat in Sukhothai, the repository of Maha Thera cave in Lop Buri and the repository of Nong Chaeng in Suphanburi. The Buddha image in this group shows a characteristic of the Khmer-influenced Bayon style.

The second group depicts sitting Buddha image. The characteristics and iconographic details are variable. Each is named according to the site it has been found. The Buddha style is characteristic of the Lop Buri and Sukhothai arts. The sitting Buddha in the style of the Lop Buri art is usually depicted in royal attire and, sometimes, seated inside a flame-like aureola, displaying both the attitude of meditation and subduing Mara while the one in the Sukhothai style is usually found displaying the attitude of subduing Mara and is not highly ornamented. The Buddha characteristics are the same as the votive tablets of the Sukhothai art that have been generally found.

It is assumed that the term “Phra Ruang” as given to the group of the standing Buddha image may derive from “Phra Ruang Rojanarit”, the standing Buddha image of the Sukhothai style that King Rama VI had it transferred from Si Satchanalai, restored and enshrined in the Vihan, north of the Phra Prathom Chedi in Nakhon Prathom. The reason is that the votive tablet collectors viewed that the Buddha style of both images shared similar characteristics.

Phra Ruang ~ Monday Buddha – Parng Harmyart

Posted in 7 Days Buddha, Phra Ruang with tags , , , , , on June 21, 2012 by ahaina

Phra Ruang

Monday Buddha – Parng Harmyart

6.5cm (H) Silver with Golden Crown

This is a standing Buddha pose, with the left hand hanging down by the side. The right hand is raised at the chest or can be both hands, palm facing outwards, in a singe-handed gesture. This posture represents “Preventing Calamities”, which is also known as “Pacifying the Relatives.”

The Buddha stops the relatives from fighting or pacifying his relatives.? When the Buddha came back from Heaven, he found that his relatives were quarreling about the right to use water from a river for their rice fields. The Buddha encouraged them to compromise and said that human life is much more valuable than water and it was not worth killing men for water. Then, his relatives stopped fighting.

无畏印
佛屈双臂上举于胸前,手指自然舒展,手掌向外。这一手印表示佛为救济众生的大慈心愿,能使众生心安,平息憎恨心、起畏怖心,所以称无畏印。

bouddha avec les deux mains levées

Ruang Buddha
七日佛其實是屬於同一佛祖,也就是釋迦牟尼佛祖,但為何佛教經典裡沒有記載呢?根據佛教的 經典裡,並沒有記載七日佛傳說,為什麼在泰國又有七日佛的存在呢?七個不同的佛像,是不是屬於同一個佛祖呢?山越法師講解有關期日佛的來源,七日佛其實屬 於同一個佛祖,也就是釋迦牟尼佛祖。七 日佛又是怎樣轉變而來的呢?在佛教還沒有誕生之前,古時的星宿家,把七個星球分為七個不同的方位,而每個星球都有一位天神掌管;
星期日屬於日星(也是太陽 神)掌管(東北方天神),
星期一屬於月星掌管(東方天神),
星期二屬於火星掌管(東南方天神),

星期三屬於水星掌管(南方天神),

星期四屬於木星掌管(西 方天神),

星期五屬於金星掌管(北方天神),

星期六屬於土星掌管(西南方天神)。當小孩誕生於星期六,然後他便要向屬於土星掌管的西南方天神,祈求平安。

後來佛教的誕生,這些星宿家也追隨了佛祖,便把七個不同的星宿改為七種不同的佛像,所以便有星期佛的出現,以下便是山越法師簡要地述說星期佛的由來。

Phra Ruang
星期一佛的由来:

星 期一佛的由來:有一年天氣非常乾旱,農田需大量的水來灌溉,兩個國王也是佛祖的親屬,為了一個水閘發生了爭執,差一點就爆發戰爭,幸好佛祖知道並及時趕 到,舉起一隻手停止他們的爭論並同時向他們宣說佛理,而停止了這場爭論,那天剛好是星期一,星宿家就把這件事定為星期一佛。

星期一佛(拍班漢壓 Phra Pam Hamyati)意思是停止爭論。

(現在有些佛像也有雙手舉起,其 實是一樣的)

星期一佛祖 ~ 全银身 纯金顶

Phra Ruang statue
Standing
Ruang Buddha statue
Cambodia style
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