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  Rahu

 

Thailand

Bronze statues of Rahu near the bot of Wat Traimit. He is a legless demon  who travels through the universe and alternately swallows the moon and the sun, thus blocking out the light and causing an eclipse.

 

Though, because he was cut in two by Vishnu as punishment for drinking of the amrita, he no longer has an underside and the moon or sun, here symbolized by a red and yellow ball covered with mystical signs, in line with the colours of the sih prajam wan-system, thus keep on falling out again, ending the eclipse.

See also POSTAGE STAMP (1) and (2).

 

  Rahu