“The elders are both religious and political as indicated by their clothing. Thai scripture is written on folded palm leaf manuscripts and raised on small tables. The object in the bowl is used for ceremonial purposes. The boy’s hair will be cut at age twelve when, according to Thai tradition, he becomes a complete person. This makes his young wisdom all the more amazing.”
Drawing by Sawai Chinnawong who employs northern and central Thailand’s popular distinctive artistic style originally used to depict Buddhist moral principles and other religious themes; explanation by Paul DeNeui. From That Man Who Came to Save Us by Sawai Chinnawong and Paul H. DeNeui, William Carey Library, 2010.
For more images by Sawai Chinnatong in TIPs see here.