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Bizarro Thailand: Visiting a Buddhist Hell

by Tracy Vanity

I didn’t know hell existed in Buddhism until I saw one while on a road trip with friends in Khon Kaen. If you’ve never seen huge plaster statues of warped human souls getting tortured, you’re missing out.

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This Buddhist hell, or Naraka as it is properly called, was in a rural area totally off road on a path leading towards a temple. It was like a mini theme park or giant, fucked up art installation.

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My Thai friend explained this giant with the huge sagging balls is a guardian of Naraka.

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The sagging tits and lack of balls on this giant leads me to believe it is female.

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Each of these art installations represent a Buddhist ethic that was broken. What is considered unethical in Buddhism is pretty much the same as what is considered a sin in Christianity. But unlike Christianity, Buddhist hell is meant to purify your soul so you can eventually get out of hell and become reincarnated. There are also 5 Precepts instead of 7 sins. This installation shows what happens when you lie. Note the padlock on the soul’s tongue.

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These souls are getting their hands chopped off for stealing.

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I think this female soul whose nipple I’m licking is also a thief. .

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The amount of work that went into creating this hell is incredible. Aside from monks and people who live in the surrounding area, I don’t think very many people visit. There isn’t a sign from the highway mentioning it exists. My friends and I came across it completely by accident.

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These guys were chilling in the back of hell with a smug expression on their face. I can only gather that they are demons of some sort.

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This is the suffering endured by souls who have committed “sexual misconduct.”

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I asked my friend what would be considered sexual misconduct. He said adultery.

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These souls are suffering because they did drugs. Note the giant pill and bongs shoved down those souls’ throats.

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These souls are being tortured for killing animals.

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As is typical of any Buddhist temple or art installation, there is a huge Nāga overlooking everything. These multi-headed serpents are my favorite Buddhist creature. So cute!

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There are apparently many hells all over Thailand. I need to go on a Buddhist hell road trip!

8 responses

  1. Dustin

    Holy crap! This is awesome!

    June 25, 2012 at 9:50 pm

  2. Anonymous

    gives a whole new meaning to saggy balls…. I love the crows.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:01 am

  3. David

    There is no mention of the exact methods used to precisely discover the specific punishments meted out for the various misconducts. How do they know these are the punishments? Of course, they don’t know. What does it say about humans that they create exhibits depicting fantasy images of unproven phenomena? I’m so tired of waiting for the species to catch up with the 21st century…

    June 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

  4. Holy shit. I was just in Thailand earlier this year and had no clue that they had this much awesomeness. I did all the touristy stuff like the Grand Palace but wish I knew about this. haha i love the crows too

    July 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

  5. Kaze

    Some days my balls guard my naraka. Cool find!

    July 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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  8. Tony

    Tracy-If you’re still following this thread, I’d like to know where it is. I live in Khon Kaen and I think I have seen it. I don’t remember where. Thanks.

    May 30, 2014 at 7:36 am

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