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Thailand

The spires on the rooftops of Buddhist temples are called chofa. The look like a raised nagahead but possibly represent a highly stylized garuda or hamsa. Chofa literally means ‘bunch of sky’, but the origin as well as the exact meaning are disputed. In rare cases a different form is used (fig.).

See also THEMATIC STREET LIGHT (1) and (2).