Yaksha or Demon Guardians at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

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Kim Martins
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published on 20 May 2020

Six pairs of giant demon guardians flank all entrances to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand. They are known as yaksha or in Thai are simply called yak (giant) and they are Buddhist gods that protect against evil spirits. The yaksha were placed there during the reign of Rama III (r. 1824-51 CE). Photo taken 2019 CE.

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About the Author

Kim Martins
Kim is a freelance writer based in New Zealand. She has a B.A. (Hons) in History and an MA in Chaos & Complexity Science. Her special interests are fables and mythology, as well as exploration throughout the ancient world.

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Martins, K. (2020, May 20). Yaksha or Demon Guardians at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/12273/yaksha-or-demon-guardians-at-the-temple-of-the-eme/

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Martins, Kim. "Yaksha or Demon Guardians at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 20, 2020. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/12273/yaksha-or-demon-guardians-at-the-temple-of-the-eme/.

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Martins, Kim. "Yaksha or Demon Guardians at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 20 May 2020. Web. 03 Feb 2023.

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