This has shown me how open the Thais are to other ideas. They are not so caught up in their own ways that they don’t see the benefit of other customs. Some of the Thai customs are actually adapted from western behaviors, like using forks and spoons for eating. Thai people take the best parts of other customs and adapt them to their own way of living. The history of Thailand itself is an example of the huge jumble of different cultures (For more information on Thai history click here). Before Thailand was an established country, it was an area that had been occupied by several different groups of people. This has created a sense of blending as a natural tendency for the Thai people.
|A Thai dish is traditionally eaten with a spoon and fork,|
adapted from Western tradition.
|Ganesha is the Hindu god of obstacles.|
Buddhism itself is a religion that teaches about the acceptance of others and not placing labels on people. They are extremely open-minded, and respect the beliefs of others. While visiting the temple on Asahna Bucha Day (Buddhist Lent), we were able to talk with a monk that explained that finding happiness was important. However it is more important to help others be happy by dedicating your life to serving others (For more information on Buddhism, click here). How could one make others happy if at first they are not open to the differences in the other person? These aspects of Buddhism greatly affect the attitudes of the Thai people since it is so prominent in their culture.
|The pillars within the Erawan museum represent the four main religions of the world.|