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  Phra Sangkatjaai

 

Thailand

Phra Sangkatjaai, whose image is often mistaken for that of Budai or Huan Xi Fo, the Chinese ‘smiling buddha’. He is regularly depicted meditating in a sitting pose with both hands on his belly.

 

Whereas Huan Xi Fo is bald and dressed in a robe that covers both shoulders but shows his belly, Phra Sangkatjaai clearly has hair and is dressed in a robe that covers only one shoulder as well as his belly.

 

  Phra Sangkatjaai