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A selfie at the Wat Mahathat Buddha head

A selfie at the Wat Mahathat Buddha head

A selfie next to the Buddha head entwined within the roots of a Bodhi tree at Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand. In keeping with the restrictions, I’m not standing on a level higher than the Buddha, I’m not touching the Buddha, (no chance with that fencing), and I don’t exactly have my back towards the Buddha. One of the security chaps stationed at the site to enforce the photography restrictions took this picture. I’m slowly getting the groove of solo travel, heck, I actually prefer it that way! Yes, this is my first solo trip, just a few weeks after a rather painful separation and my head is still in a whirl from it. Wat Mahathat was destroyed by the Burmese who also vandalised many of the Buddha images in Ayutthaya by lopping off the heads. The area remained abandoned and overgrown until the 1950s. No one really knows how this Buddha head got here and what happened to the rest of the body. (Ayutthaya, Thailand, Oct. 2008)

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