Rooster statues are found throughout Ayutthaya--sold in stores, at homes and wats, standing along the street. And if you know our family, you may know we like chickens, so naturally, Elder Sowards and I had to find out why Ayutthaya has so many rooster statues. So, here is the scoop.
Burma and Thailand had fought during the 16th century and the Thai Prince Naresuan "was taken to Burma after the capital
|ornate and gilded|
uprisings. While still in Burma, Prince Naresuan proved himself as a skilled fighter with a
|Roosters offered by tourists line wall|
provoked Prince Naresuan to shift allegiances and declare Ayutthaya independent once
a Burmese prince that Ayutthaya would be freed from Burmese rule if Naresuan's rooster emerged victorious in the cock fight. Prince Naresuan's rooster won the bet, humiliating the Burmese prince in the process.
After the release of a popular movie about King Naresuan, these rooster statues began to appear mysterious at temples
royal warrior (Wat Worachet, Wat Worachetharam, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, etc.).
However, the rooster statues around the King Naresuan Memorial in Ayutthaya (where these pictures are taken) can number in the
hundreds, and Thai citizens bring them from all over the country as offerings.
|Elder Sowards among the roosters|
So there you go. A tidbit on Thailand history. Cool.
We knew you'd like to know. And here is a website telling more of the story of this revered Prince/King.