Sala of Ten Reincarnations (100)


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The story of the Ten Reincarnations of the Buddha has been well-known among Thai people since the Ayutthaya period. It tells the story of the last ten lives of the Bodhisattva, the Buddha to-be before he attained enlightenment and became the venerable Buddha in the next rebirth.

The story presents a distinctive virtue in each episode. the last chapter, telling of his last reincarnation, known as Maha Chat (or the Buddha's Great Life), presents Buddha's virtue of the great giving, His great sacrifice in this life brought about peace and happiness in the end. His teaching implies that if people act like him, they tend to have the same happy and peaceful life. From the story, we can see the important characteristics of an ideal king who, like Phra Wetsandon in Maha Chat, performed the highest virtues so that his people would live a peaceful and happy life in the serene kingdom.
The painting finely executed, truly reflects the aesthetic talents of past Thai artists.

By using the painting as a medium, the muralist teaches morality to the people through the vivid and informative pictures. The viewers will normally find the murals at important public centers such as the ubosot and wihan, the sermon hall. the public pavilion and the summer house n Reincarnations at Muang Boran, located across a stream, is an example of ancient Thai buildings of which the value lies not only within their aesthetic structure but also their function as a religious school for the community.