Welcome to Asia's World.
Asia's World and understanding religion in Asia
- The purpose of this section of the Site is to explain religion in Asian societies and in doing so mention what each religion believes, and more importantly what it rejects or simply fails to consider.
- The important point to remember is that believing, or accepting, a religion in Asia, such as Buddhism, Shintoism or Daoism (Taoism) does not mean one believes in ''God''. In fact religions such as Buddhism expressly reject the notion of a ''God''. The function of these religions is to create self awareness about different things and hence their ability to co-exist.
- Other religions such as Hinduism provide for the belief in many ''Gods''. The rational for the co-existence here of numerous ''Gods'' is that their respective job specifications vary, unlike the function of the mono ''God'' in Islam, Judaism and Christianity which is all embracing, absolute and which refuses to tolerate otherwise.
Gold Image Of Tsongkhap, Founder Buddhist Yellow Hat Sect
Asia's World and understanding Angkor and Khmer Art and Mythology
- Angkor is the most import tourist site in Southeast Asia. Angkor refers to the cluster of ancient Khmer monuments in the region of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Any visit to Angkor needs at least 3 or 4 days there to drive to and inspect up to 45 sites in the immediate region. Asia's World seeks to better explain and illustrate this amazing location. The buildings are a source knowledge. Whilst the positions of the planets and stars can be determined without using trigonometry in Khmer astronomy, it is clear with some Temples that the angles between towers, the moon and sun, and the observation points in the Temples, that these were carefully calculated and that by the 5th and 6th C the Indian astronomy adopted in Cambodia included that knowledge first recorded by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- Khmer existence was totally dictated by Hindu beliefs, astrology and subjugation to the Gods and their God Kings. The role of architecture was to demonstrate these beliefs for the believers and enforce by demonstration the system to those subjugated to the system. As this Asia's World explains.
Angkor Wat Temple At Angkor Thom
Asia's World and understanding Thailand and Thai People.
Thailand is a modern democratic Nation in Central South East Asia. ‘’ Thai ‘’ is the Tai word for ‘’ free ’’. The ‘’ Thai ’’ identity was formed in the late 13 th century at Sukhothai and is not to be confused with ‘’ Tai ’’ the name of the ethnic groups of people who migrated from Yunnan in the 12 th and 13 th centuries.
- The character of the Thai Nation today and of its people can only be appreciated by exploring its 2000 years of recorded history and the cultures of the various ethnic groups of peoples who live here.
- Thailand’s natural landscape includes tropical wet evergreen forests in the South to temperate deciduous forests in the North and we explore these in the Thailand National Parks.
- Thailand art architecture and decorative objects need to be considered with regard to the influences of religion, mythological beliefs and regional artistic styles. Thailand is so large and diverse we detail all about it in separate regions, North or Northern Thailand, South or Southern Thailand , Central Thailand and North East Thailand (I'san).
North Thailand Mountains Mae Hong Son