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Thai Temple Art The Kala

Chiang Mai Style Temple Kala

  • The face of Kala is positioned always above the door entrance to temples in Lan Na , as was previously the case in lintels above stone door ways with Khmer temples in Angkor and Northeast Thailand.
  • Kala is the demon with barred teeth and no lower jaw looking down on those who enter the temple.
  • Kala is portrayed devouring himself. Legend holds that Shiva was offended such at the demon's demand to eat a victim that Shiva commanded him to devour himself. However the portrayal can also been seen as a metaphor to remind those entering a Buddhist Temple how we humans destroy or devour ourselves, our minds, bodies and spirit through thought, contact etc which creates bad Karma, or causes from the effect of our thoughts and actions or non actions.