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  maravijaya mudra

 

Thailand

This Buddha image in the maravijaya position, the most common mudra in Thai Buddhist art. This example is a copy of an image from Chaiya in Srivijaya style (fig.). It has a strange combination, in that the Buddha is sitting on the snake Muchalinda with a maravijaya mudra. Possibly this represents a summary of the entire story of his Enlightenment, since the position of this mudra refers chronologically to a scene before his Enlightenment, whilst the protection by Muchalinda happens much later, after the Enlightenment, almost at the end of the story...