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The meaning of the
words about the Buddha’s relics
"Phra Parama Sareerikathad"
Dhātu) in Thailand refers to relics
which originated from the Lord Buddha,this term is not use for the
relics of his disciples.
refers to the bone or any part of the body such as hair, nail, teeth,
skin, blood, etc. which are different to those of ordinary people.
These relics resembles pebble, stone, glass, diamond, etc.
the word "Phra Parama Sareerikathad"
has the same meaning as "Buddha's relics".
And the term "Phra Thad"
means "the Relics". Even though the word
"Relics" is not limited to just the the
physical appearances, It usage is slighty different in Thai.
1. an object of interest surviving from an earlier time.
2. a surviving but outdated object, custom, or belief.
3. a part of a holy person’s body or belongings kept and revered
after their death.
the Compact Oxford English Dictionary
The types of the Buddha's
of the Buddha relics are found to be different to the bone of the
ordinary people. However, we have found certain Buddha's relics
which looks the same as human bones from the Buddhist sanctuaries
or museums in countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka and India. They
can be divide into 2 main groups:
Buddha’s relics which looked like Dhātu
These kind are found mainly in Thailand, Sri Lanka, China,
Myanmar, etc. They are mentioned in the Tipitaka. In Thailand,
they are placed in Buddhist sanctuaries of temples.
Buddha's relics which looked like bone
These kind are found only in the ancient places in India.
The British Government presented them twice to Thailand
in the period of King Rama V, he was pleased
to allocate them in the Golden Mount of Wat
Sraket in Bangkok and the Chedi Sri Mahathat of Wat
Phra Sri Mahathat, Bangkhen.
picture shown the Buddha's relics presented at National
Museum of India
the Buddha's relics
characteristics are observed and accepted by all Buddhists , they
can be described as follows:
in various clarity and colours such as crystal clear or
opaque, white like the conch shell, gold, black, pink, red,
in different shapes which looks like rice grain, cabbage
seed and broken bean , etc.
smaller ones will float when place in water and attract
each another when float together.
can increase or decrease by themselves.
colour and size can change by themselves.
of them are lighter compared to ordinary stones of the same