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Two Buddhas, One Descending<br>Sukhothai, Thailand: Sukhothai, Thailand
: Ruins and Restorations; Buddha Images.
According to the Sukhothai museum, in all the world only the Thais ever made an 'in-the-round' walking Buddha image. This particular style of image is meant to depict Buddha descending from a higher plane of existence where he'd visited the next incarnation of his deceased mother. Of course, it's not every day one sees someone else descend from a higher plane, let alone a Buddha, so the outstretched palm was intended to calm the awe-struck observers.

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Two Buddhas, One Descending
Sukhothai, Thailand
 
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