Gold Leaf Offering to Buddha

Buddhists offer gold leaf to Buddha to honor his teachings, ask for a better rebirth, and to request favors. 

Gold, valued for its purity, are pounded into 0.00005-inch leaf then cut into small squares [1]. These are then affixed into the statues of Buddha prior to saying a prayer or before a meditation. 

This one is at Wat Phranan Choeng, a temple in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Gold leaf booklets, garlands and incense are sold just outside the temple.

by Kin Enriquez


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