Temple Defies Order to Repaint Meme Picture on Mural

05.06.2020 - 04:06

UTHAI THANI — The abbot of a temple in central Thailand said he will not comply with an order to erase a reference to an internet meme on the temple’s religious murals. Wat Nong Tao abbot Phra Somchai Techapalo said he did not find the appearance of meme figure Sitang Buathong offensive to Buddhism as claimed by the religious authorities. Officials previously told the temple Sitang should have been depicted with her face up to Lord Buddha, instead of facing down and pointing at an orange.

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