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!


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. :)