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  Luang Poo Tai Hong Kong

 

Thailand

Luang Poo Tai Hong Kong Chow Seu is the Thai-Tae Chew name for a Chinese monk, who lived during the Song Dynasty and who collected the bodies of the deceased without relatives. One day, he cured a terminally ill person by sprinkling holy water on him, a practice known in Thai as rod nahm mon (fig.) and similar to the Phittih Phrom Nahm Mon Sop performed during funerals and thus one of this monk's common duties. Here, he is depicted holding a ruyi (fig.), and with a dbu rgyan (fig.), a ritual lotus-shaped crown with a royal topknot in the form of a calabash (nahm tao - fig.), For him this is reminiscent to his connection with the holy water that cured the ill. Each section of the crown has the word Fo (佛) painted on it in red, which is Chinese for Buddha.