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Exhibits in  Ancient Siam, Muang Boran, Samut Prakan, Thailand. Manhora Graden and The Stupa of Phra Maha That.

Samut Prakan Province, Page 74a, Video’s of Ancient Siam, Muang Boran, Samut Prakan, Thailand.

Manohra Garden ( on the left ) is one of the main characters of Suthon Jataka-the story appears in a collection of stories called Panasa Jataka. The religious tale of Manohra became a popular local fiction in Southern Thailand. This is a love story of Manohra, a young kinaree ( a half-human half-avian mythical creature ), and a young human prince named Phra Suthon. Kinaree was captured one day by a hunter, named Phran Boon, while she was swimming in a swamp in the forest. The hunter then brought her to the young prince. Later, a court viceroy who wanted to take revenge on Phra Suthon had Manohra sacrificed while the prince was out for a war. The plan had not succeeded, however, and kinaree escaped. No sooner had Phra Suthon learned of the account on his return that he gave chase and brought her back to the palace. They lived a happy life ever after.The sculpted tableaux of Phra Suthon, Manohra, Phran Boon, and the kinaree, who are sisters of Manohra, have been established at where Phatthalung Province appears on Muang Boran's city map. The sculpture draws its inspiration from the open-air displays of shamanistic dancing and seductive music called Nohra which is so popular in the province.

The Stupa of Phra Maha That. Surat Thani. ( Top picture as it was in 2009 and below 2013 ) The Phra Maha That is one of the most sacred and important monasteries in the south of Thailand. The structure of this Stupa is similar to the Chandi Pawana Chedi in Indonesia, the mondop style chedi, which was modelled after Chandimendut Chedi of Java. The square Stupa of Phra Maha That Chaiya standing on a rectangular base is built solely of brick. The structure is ornamented with delicate stucco designs. In the four corners of the raised platform are diminutive round brick Ceylonese Chedi of which the spires are decorated with a four-faced stucco Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara in accordance with Mahayana Buddhism.

The main tower standing in the centre is a round Chedi serving as the upper story of a relic chamber or an image house. Kirti Mukha, or Kala face motifs can be seen above the chamber similar to those found in Java. The north and east pediments are niches for Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara sitting with both feet planted. On the south is Tara, the tantric god dess sitting cross-legged. On the west pediment is Metraiya performing the teaching gesture. Renovated during the reign of King Rama V, the stucco designs on certain niches show the influence of the Rattanakosin style. Muang Boran has reconstructed the Chedi based on the most ancient form of the Stupa found in Java.