Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Tiger God in Thailand (虎爷）
San Chao Pho Suea or tiger god shrine is another popular place. The shrine is conveniently located on Tanao Road near the old town and features the Southern Chinese architectural style. What makes this old Taoist shrine attractive is the fame of the Tiger God who is believed to have an extreme power of blessing worshippers with good fortune as well as protecting them from the evil forces. According to the legend of the holy tiger, the statue housed here is where his bones and spirit are kept. Another place where you can find the Tiger God is in the shrine next to Ruamkatanyu Foundation at Wat Hua Lampong. Not only you can pray to the tiger God, you can also come here for merit making by donating coffin for victims killed in accidents or murdered where nobody had come forward to claim or identify the body. I was there in March and we made donation of coffin too.