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Hong in Chiang MaiHong or Hamsa

Hong in Chiang MaiThe hong or hamsa is a mythical gander linking the oceans with the sun and the heavens. It serves as a mount for Varuna and Brahma. It represents the breath, the foundation of our existence, and serves as the gatekeeper to heaven. Common in temples with links to the Mon people, the hong is believed to take the souls of the builders of the temple to heaven.




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