Hat Maenam, Koh Samui, Thailand
On our second morning at this quiet part of the island I got to witness the sunrise, bit late, but I tried. Earlier this morning I was woken up by the sound of bells clanging along with dogs howling to it, checked my watch, 4am! The beach was waking up and everyone was on their way to start a wonderful new day.
Some remnants of past beach activities and a buddha on the edge of our resort’s property. After a hearty breakfast we explored the neighbourhood. We chanced upon a temple/learning centre/cemetery.
This grotto must have witnessed many a prayers in the past…
One of the oddities we saw on that compound was this wooden phallus. Obviously important for them so I had to look it up! The ritualistic belief of the phallus symbol started as a legacy to a Bhutanese saint -Lama Drukpa Kunley, before Buddism came. It is widely used in paintings around Bhutanese homes and believed to ward off evil spirits and bring about good luck. Popular amongst visitors on pilgrimage to the Chimi Lhakhang monastery, a shrine dedicated to Drukpa Kunley, being blessed by these wooden phalluses for their prayers to bear a child or for their child’s welfare. Interesting!
And some more images around the resort to settle your minds down…
As the sun started to set I couldn’t help but capture the effects it had around me.
Reflections on the pool were amazingly clear. I love it!
So off we go to experience Thai massage. Another relaxing day ends and looking forward to tomorrow.