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  Wat Pahk Nahm religious fan collection

 

Thailand

Wat Pahk Nahm Phasi Chareun (fig.), a royal temple in Bangkok's Phasi Chareun district, houses a large and colourful collection of religious fans.

 

These fans, known in Thai as pad yot, literally fans of rank’, are oval-shaped and attached to a ca. 70 cm long handle, They are used by monks in certain religious and royal ceremonies.

 

  Wat Pahk Nahm religious fan collection

 

  Wat Pahk Nahm religious fan collection

 

Monastic fans are also typical gifts given on special occasions to important or senior monks, often  by members of the royal family.

 

Pad yot are usually adorned with monastic emblems, such as the initials and personal logo of a high-ranking monk (fig.), or with royal emblems (fig.), often elaborately embroidered in brocade.

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  Wat Pahk Nahm religious fan collection