"По новостям": Statues on the move at Thai airport

  • 12 ноября 2009

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12 large statues of demon spirits are being moved to new positions in Thailand's main international airport. But it's not clear if the reason lies in aesthetics or superstition.

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You would have thought it hard to miss one six metre high, scowling demon, let alone 12. But the authorities at Bangkok's main airport say they are relocating their spirit statues to the check-in area, where they're thought more likely to be noticed and appreciated by passengers.

Image caption Многие жители Таиланда поклоняются Будде и духам

Local media are reporting the real reason for the move is that airport staff had come to believe the figures, collectively worth almost a million dollars, had brought them bad luck. Last year the airport was blockaded for eight days by political protestors, resulting in a big loss in earnings.

But moving the statues is not a matter to be taken lightly. Buddihsts believe the demons to be symbols of anger, strength and power.

Some astrologers are warning that shifting them to a new location might bring more bad luck and have suggested a safer option might be simply to turn them around to face a different direction.

Notes:

  • hard to miss - трудно не заметить
  • scowling - хмурящегося или грозного
  • let alone - не говоря уже о
  • are relocating - переносят
  • was blockaded - был заблокирован
  • resulting in a big loss in earnings - зд. что привело к огромным финансовым потерям
  • is not a matter to be taken lightly - зд. является вопросом, требующим очень серьезного изучения
  • astrologers - астрологи
  • shifting to a new location - перенос на другое место

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