Sunday, July 15, 2012

Giant Candle Wax Sculptures of Ubon Ratchathani



Every year, sometime during the first two weeks of July, Ubon Ratchathani celebrates a festival where a topaz made Buddha (housed in Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram) and giant wax statues are paraded around the city. I chanced on one of these statues in a covered garage, just beside Wat Nong Bua. I was amazed with its size. Don't they gradually melt in Thailand's warm weather? Won't they disintegrate? They looked sturdy enough though. Mostly, I was amazed with the intricate artistry, tremendous skill and patience involved in carving out these images out of a dark yellow candle wax. Amazing!

There's nothing left to say here so I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

This is the Eye in the Sky!
















4 comments:

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Amazing sculptures.Looks more like wood than wax. Depicting scenes from Ramayana perhaps ?

eye in the sky said...

Hi Ram:

Yes, like wood. And it seems to be from Ramayana, though you'd know more about these stuff than I do. :)

NRIGirl said...

Absolutely beautiful!

eye in the sky said...

@ NRIGirl:

Thanks. :)