Erawan Shrine – Hammered Down.

One of Bangkok’s famous shrine was destroyed the other day a supposedly a mentally-ill man. The Erawan shrine which stands next to the Hyatt & across Gaysorn plaza, is a famous worshipping site of many Thais as well as Asian tourists of Brahma.

The young Muslim man stood at the base of the statue with a large hammer and smashed the Brahma statue into pieces leaving only the lap & base. Two street sweepers saw the incident and gave the young man swift ass kicking, which went overboard and led to the man’s death.

The reaction, I thought was what I expected. Man destroys religious site, statue, figure angry mob goes insane, over reacts without thought because its all they know. The shrine is not only a worshipping site, it also provides a means for living for quite a few number of vendors and workers who perform and sell incense to the visitors.

Was the death justified? Course not, the street sweepers should face a penalty for manslaughter no doubt. But, 90% of the world isn’t “just”. What I’m more worried about is… this incident may end being some martyr cause and the Muslim’s down south will move their troubles into Bangkok.

That’s the last thing anyone needs.

5 Comments so far

  1. nightsea_ageha (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 9:10 pm

    This is extremely sad…. and it is very sensitive issues….

    I was just in Bangkok about one and half months ago. It was my first time and I really had an amazing time.

    Japanese people are not religious, but some of us are very spiritual. I am spiritual as well and hearing such incidence like this really hurts my heart. However, at the same time, whatever the reason this mad mad did, he should not be killed…. but what else can he do for the ruined….

  2. him (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    Dude, manslaughter is defined as:

    “The unlawful killing of a human being without malice or premeditation”

    Those two fuckwit cleaners should be charged with *murder* and left to rot. it was a damn plastercast made in 1955, not some age old relic that can’t be replaced.

    And also, the fuckers wh opaid their bail should be brought down. As should every Thai who feels the reaction was correct and just. The guy was mentally ill for chists sake.

  3. Jack (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 6:33 pm


    if you dont know what the fuck are you talking about, mainly the historical and cultural value of the shrine to Thai people, let me make it easy for your retarded brain to get the picture.

    It is like you bring down the Liberty statue to the US people , got it, dumbwit ?

  4. John (unregistered) on April 5th, 2006 @ 7:26 am

    That is a very sad event indeed. I’ve been to the shrine on each of my trips to Bangkok I’m very sorry to hear that it was vandalized. Hopefully the public will just say ‘mey pen rey’ and not blow this out of proportions.

  5. him (unregistered) on April 7th, 2006 @ 5:04 pm

    To JACK the spineless bitch who needs to be anon.

    It is not the same. Statue of Liberty is a historic monument given to the USA from France. it is one of kind. If someone brought it down and were killed by a mob for it, there would international outcry.

    The statue was a plastercast from 1955, one of a million and easily replaced.

    Don’t call me a dumbwit, unless you idenitify yourself as one first. Comparing the two, you fucking clueless moron.

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