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Thai Taxi Talismans

Posted by rod - 21.11.2011

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Strings of beads and amulets hang from rearview mirrors, swaying as the driver negotiates his taxi through Bangkok’s chaotic streets. Statuettes of the Buddha glued to dashboards sit patiently beside flower garlands and beribboned objects. Buddhist ritual patterns adorn the ceilings, and images of monks are everywhere. The author Dale Konstanz has spent over four years documenting the interiors of Bangkok taxis, photographing the iconography and asking what it means to the drivers. In Thai Taxi Talismans, he recollects and ruminates as to the meaning of these mini-altars, accompanied by colourful photographs and the explanations and philosophies of the Bangkok cabby. This book is a cultural study of Thai beliefs, an appreciation of Thai popular design and a document of the daily existence of Bangkok taxi drivers. Meticulously produced by publishers River Books, Thai Taxi Talismans is available now through www.amazon.com and at bookstores worldwide, it’s a fascinating ride.

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  • From: Thailand Property
  • Jul 03, 2012

I often drive by taxi to the airport and sometimes I wonder about the Thai traffic rules concerning these talismans? I mean, many taxi driver can hardly see anything from behind the wheel because the talismans block the view.
But maybe that is part of the reason why there is so many car accidents in say Bangkok? ;-)

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