The sacral art of Siam, since 1939 Thailand, typically reflects the doctrine of Southern Buddhism, formed in Sri Lanka in the 13th century and spreading from there via Indo-China to Siam. For many Thai, the Buddha is more a reminder of the Buddhist Doctrine than a deity. According to orthodox beliefs of Thai people, any image of the Buddha contains some of his innate spiritual energy.
The ethics of Thai Buddhism account for the vast quantities of Buddha’s images in Siam, even exceeding the population of Thailand, nowadays. Originally the art of Bangkok dates back to the late medieval art.
With time, images gradually became more simplistic, using monotonously repeated and well-known themes and subjects.
A fine example of this simplification can be seen in this sterling silver pendant, which shows a fat monk seated in the virasana pose (placing the right leg over the left). His belly is gigantic and his fat makes that he seems to have neck, while his head almost lies on his chest.
He is bearing a slight smile, with his round and friendly face.
This particular image, is known in Thailand and Laos, as Sang Kachai (in Pali, Kaccayana).
Considered traditionally to be one of the Buddha’s disciples, he was a priest at a royal court.
When the monk once was sent by the king, to invite the Buddha to the court, he became a Buddhist, after listening to the Buddha’s sermons. Returning home, he started spreading the teachings and many followers adopted Buddhism.
From then on, Sang Kachai, attended the Buddha’s sermons frequently and soon the mobs considered him the best interpreter of the teachings.
Nevertheless, the exact identification of the image is still uncertain.
In folklore, Sang Kachai is often confused with the depiction of Maitreya (the laughing Buddha) known to bring good luck and prosperity, especially in the Chinese culture.
Other’s associate him also with Kubera, god of wealth and abundance, who was usually depicted as a fat man.
Despite the resemblance with the Chinese Laughing Buddha, or Budai, Sang Kachai is believed to have been an Arhat, one who attains Enlightenment and was reverred for his ability to explain the dhamma teachings in a clear manner.
The Madhupinadikar Sutta, the first Pali Grammar, was written by Sang Kachai.
Popular legends speak of him being extremely handsome, therefore attracting unwanted advances of women and men. It is said that even angels worshipped him as the Buddha. Wishing to avoid this inappropriate attention, he over-fed himself, becoming extremely overweight and unattractive.
This fine solid and massive 925 sterling pendant, is a fine resemblance of the late Siamese medieval art. Not only being a fine piece of jewelry but invoked in a ritual, it enhanced its magical power to boost wealth and prosperity.
Worn on any necklace, it is both suitable for both men as women and this powerful amulet will positively affect the wearers wealth.
Reciting the Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra below could enhance the talisman’s powers to boost prosperity and wealth.
ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च विद्महे विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ
Om Shree Mahalakshmyai Cha Vidraahe Vishnu Patrayai Cha Dheemahi Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat Om