It was October and I stopped by at one of Bangkok’s most popular shrines while walking around the center of Bangkok. It was hot and humid but the pull of Erawan Shrine, for both believers and tourists, is just too great to resist that, for the second time in 15 years, I was once again back at this place.
It was early afternoon, but the area, at the center of Bangkok’s mecca of commercialism was teeming with people. Visitors, both from East Asia and China were jostling with locals to place their offerings. Some were plain curious, as I am, taking photos while others were silently praying.
In the center is the newer image of Phra Phrom, Thai equivalent of the Hindu God Brahma. Below him are various offerings of food, flowers, miniature elephants as well as gifts that devotees who came back after their prayers were answered.
But two months before this humid afternoon, a bomb exploded just outside the shrine killing 20 people and injuring a hundred. Suspects have been apprehended. As the news have eventually died down, believers are back, armed with their faith and prayers.
Stan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London).
He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. Open for work, collaborations and inquiries for site features.