Day #158: Merit-making September 8th 2013 One of the most obvious manifestations of Buddhism in Thailand is merit-making, a way of creating positive karma for oneself by doing a good deed. The idea of karma is very influential in Thai society - the flip side it can lead to the belief that people in difficult times (including the ill) are paying for past misdeeds (which makes me think of Glenn Hoddle).
Traditional ways of merit-making ... read more
Asia » Thailand » Central Thailand » Bangkok A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.... ... read more
I have quit my job, said au revoir to my family and friends, taken a deep breath, and set off on the trip of a lifetime: the Trans-Siberian railway.
This blog is a way of keeping myself amused during the long time away and, of course, keeping in touch with aforementioned and much-missed friends and family!... full info