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RELIGION & MYTHOLOGY

 

 

 

  reusi tah fai

 

Thailand

Shrine of reusi tah fai at Thevasataan Uthayaan Phra Phi Kaneht (fig.) in Nakhon Sawan. This recluse or reusi (fig.) is usually portrayed with a white beard and a third eye on his forehead, as well as with two prominent  front teeth with a wide diastema (gap between the upper incisors).

 

He is said to be a powerful hermit and is associated with Shiva (fig.), with some sources saying that it is the latter who gave him the third eye whereas others claim he is actually a manifestation of Shiwa himself. Here he is depicted standing upright and holding a walking stick in one hand while pointing with the index finger of his other hand, an attitude reminiscent of the Burmese nat-like deity Bo Bo Gyi, a benevolent guardian spirit unique to each Buddhist temple in Myanmar (fig.).

15°38'45.2"N 100°06'31.9"E

 

  reusi tah fai