Outside the gates of the school I worked at in Thailand stood some unusually dressed trees. When I asked the head of the English Department why these trees were wearing such fancy garments he explained that monks are sacred, they are also the top of the social food chain along with few else bar our good King Rama IX Bhumibol Adulyadej.
As we greeted the students entering the school and waved to the parents who responded with that contagious smile that Thailand is famed for, he continued…
There is a huge deforestation problem taking place in this part of Thailand and many people are protesting against such timber thievery by wrapping these Theravada monk’s robes around the trees.
The Department Head, who was born and raised in this little town in the Nan Province mentioned that those trees had been wearing robes for as long as he could remember and have never been harmed.
Isn’t it a pity that the Western World hasn’t such a symbol that could be utilized for the conservation of our natural resources, something that even the multinational corporations and their share-holders would have no choice but to respect and obey.
- Buddhism Encompasses Thai History and Culture by Meagan Gallagher and Morgan Lendway (maytermthailand.wordpress.com)
- Sakon Nakhon: “In Search Of” Road Trip 6 May 2013 (khonkaen.ws)
- Nepal + Thailand (edmophotography.wordpress.com)
- Thai king recovering from mild lung inflammation (seattletimes.com)