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Mae Thoranee Miniature Figure

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  • Mae Thoranee Miniature Figure
  • Material: Hand moulded wax casting in white brass
  • Measures approx. 1 5/8" x 7/8" x 1"
  • In Southeast Asian Buddhist belief, Mother Earth is known as Phra Mae Thoranee. Her most well known appearance is when she took the form of a young woman to assist Buddha towards enlightenment. According to legend, …
  • “The Bodhisattva (Buddha) was sitting in meditation on His throne under the Bodhi tree. Mara, the Evil One, was jealous and wanted to stop him from reaching enlightenment. Accompanied by his warriors, wild animals and his daughters, he tried to drive the Buddha from His throne. All the Gods were terrified and ran away, leaving the Bodhisattva alone to face Mara’s challenge. The Buddha stretched down His right hand and touched the earth, summoning
  • Phra Mae Thoranee (The Earth Deva) to be His witness. The Earth Deity in the form of a beautiful woman rose up from underneath the Throne where Buddha sat, and affirmed the Buddha’s right to occupy the Vajriisana (The Diamond Throne). She twisted her long hair, and torrents of water collected there from the innumerable donative libations of the Buddha over the ages created a flood. The flood washed away Mara and his army, and the Bodhisattva was freed to reach enlightenment. (Source: Guthrie, Elizabeth (2004). “A Study of the History and Cult of the Buddhist Earth Deity in Mainland Southeast Asia”)
  • Farmers also believe that Mother Earth has the power to bring rain. Furthermore, it is believed that She has powers of protection, which is bestowed in many ways. In the past, before men went to war, they would ask for protection from Phra Mae Thoranee. Those who went into forest to catch wild elephants also invoked her protection from all dangers.