Sunday, March 24, 2019

Image: Hanuman (from the Ramakien)

Hanuman, from the Ramakien:
Hanuman enlarges his body to protect Rama's pavilion
Here is more from the image description at Wikimedia:
Hanuman swallows the pavilion of Ram to protect him from Maiyarap (Ahiravan), the demon king of the underworld.


From the Thai Rubbings website:


Image: Hanuman Looks for Sita

Hanuman Looks for Sita
(Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok)

More information from the NCPedia website:
Sequential images of Hanuman looking for Sita in the demon Ravana's palace are seen on a Ramayana mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. The two adjacent images illustrate how framed space is used to indicate time lapses in Thai temple mural paintings. Hanuman, the white monkey god, appears in two different rooms, seemingly at once. When the viewer moves from left to right to view the painted scenes, however, the understanding intended is that Hanuman first checked the left room for Sita, and then the right room. The right image also is painted as if it were slightly in front of the left one, overlapping it, and thereby leaving it behind in the past. In a sense, the murals move to the right much like a comic book or a slow motion version of film movies where one image follows another to convey the plot action and passage of time.

Also of interest here is the way the demons' bedrooms are depicted. The two fierce demons are both asleep facing front with their top arms around beautiful women partners. Lavishly clothed and crowned, the demons and their female consorts sleep side-by-side with their heads on wedge-shaped pillows. The couples are sleeping on cloth-covered platforms.

In the Ramayana story, when Hanuman does not find Sita hidden in these demon bedrooms, he moves on to hunt for her elsewhere on Ravana's island of Lanka. He will find her hidden in the forest.

From the Thai Rubbings website:


Image: Hanuman and the herb mountain

Hanuman and the herb mountain

(Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok)

More information from the NCPedia website:
Hanuman climbs a mountain to obtain herbal medicine ingredients, as seen in a mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. A giant white Hanuman scales a mountain about double his height to find medicinal herbs for Laksman. Hanuman's arms are stretched upward and he wears golden clothes and ornaments. Hanuman's smaller monkey troops follow behind him, running on the ground and waving their swords. Two house roofs are visible at right and the sun is covered with aqua-colored clouds.

In the Ramayana story, when Hanuman tries to delay time by physically stopping the Sun, the Sun replies that is not possible. Instead, the Sun offers to rise the next morning covered by clouds so that Hanuman has enough time to collect the herbs needed to heal Laksman's poisoned spear wound before the deadline set for Laksman's death.

From the Thai Rubbings website:

Image: Sugriva Destroys the Parasol

Sugriva Destroys the Parasol

Sukhreep breaks the Pichai Molee parasol (51)

Thai Rubbings website:


Image: Hanuman Makes a Bridge

Hanuman Makes a Bridge

Image: Sahatsadecha and Hanuman

Sahatsadecha and Hanuman

Thao Sahasadecha shoots the Sith arrow at Hanuman

Thai Rubbings Website:

Image: Kumbhakarna Blocks the River

Kumbhakarna Blocks the River

Kumphakan prevents the free flow of the river to reach Phra Ram's army (62)