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Lotus or Water Lily (Nymphaea Nouchali) - Kanchanaburi, Thailand 2018
The lotus occupies a very special place in Thai life because Thailand is a Buddhist country and the lotus is the traditional flower of Buddhism. Legend has it that the Lord Buddha was able to walk on his birth, and that when he took his first seven steps in this mortal world, lotus blooms opened up from underneath to support the tender soles of his feet.
In murals in Buddhist temples and in other paintings with a Buddhist theme, the Buddha is invariably portrayed, from Birth to Nirvana, with one or more lotus flowers beneath him, whether he is sitting, standing, walking, or reclining. The Buddha images, too, are usually placed on a seat in the form of a lotus.