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What Cat? Cross-eyed?

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“Are cats strange animals or do they so resemble us that we find them curious as we do monkeys?”
― John SteinbeckThe Winter of Our Discontent

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This pose is Buddha in the position of touching the earth or, calling the earth to witness. It represents an important event in the life of the Buddha.

About to reach enlightenment, Mara, the demon, and his three daughters arrive to try and seduce the Buddha into a life of sin.

When the soon-to-be Buddha touched the Earth with his right hand, the Goddess Phra Mae Thorani appeared in the shape of a young, beautiful woman. By wringing the waters out of her long hair she drowned the armies of Mara, allowing the Buddha to continue meditating and reach enlightenment.

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Calling The Earth To Witness (Subduing Mara)

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Trang, Thailand

Parkia speciosa (petai), English: bitter bean, twisted cluster bean, or stink bean, is a plant of the genus Parkia in the family Fabaceae. It bears long, flat edible beans with bright green seeds the size and shape of plump almonds which have a rather peculiar smell, similar to, but stronger than that of the shiitake mushroom, characterised by some as being similar to natural gas.

In Malaysia, petai also commonly served with sambal, or mixed with dried shrimp, chili peppers, red onions, belacan (prawn paste), soy sauce and prawn.

In Thailand it is called sato (Thai: สะตอ), as mu phat sato, stink bean with stir fried pork.

 

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Parkia speciosa: Twisted

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Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand

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Barracks

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