© 2018 by Niranjan Rajah

The Phra Rahu series was shot in performance at the Bangkok Biennale 2018. It was presented as a part of Taweesak Molsawat's Pavilion without

PavilionThis performance invokes with the myth of young Hanuman, mistaking Suriyan for a mango which he tries to grasp, much to the chagrin of Rahu, the habitual eater of the sun and moon. 

 

As the opening section of the performance I visited the Wat Thephakorn community in Bang Plad on 31st Aug, where Khun Patchani Liangsorn ritually opened the eyes (Prana Pratishta) of a Phra Hanuman mask for this performance.

The main part of this three part event took place at 2nd Sept at the Huai Khwang Ganesha Shrine, Din Daeng, Bangkok in the course of daily rituals there. In this performance, Black herbal jelly, set in a mould made from an antique Suriyan (the Sun, Phra Athiticon from South India, was offered to Prha  Rahu. Golden Nam Doc Mai (mango) was offered to Prha Hanuman.

 

In concluding my performance, I made an impromptu photographic action on the 3rd Sept at Wat Arun.

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