Printer-friendly page

Rama and Sita get Sita's parents' blessing for their marriage (Thai Ramayana mural)

Rama and Sita ask for her parents’ consent to marry in this detail image on a Ramayana mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple. Rama and Sita sit together on a low cushioned platform with their hands in the respectful wai or Thai prayer position. They are both dressed in gold with tall Siamese-style crowns. Rama is painted with his characteristic green skin.

Above them to the left is Sita’s father, the king, who sits cross-legged on an elevated veranda and indicates his blessing for their marriage by holding out his left hand, which is bent back at the wrist. Sita’s mother participates by leaning out a low palace window directly behind her husband. Two female ladies-in-waiting creep along the tile floor just behind Sita and Rama.

<img typeof="foaf:Image" src="" width="1024" height="683" alt="Rama and Sita get Sita's parents' blessing for their marriage" title="Rama and Sita get Sita's parents' blessing for their marriage" />
Usage Statement: 

Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

This item has a Creative Commons license for re-use.  The Creative Commons BY NC SA license means that you may use, remix, tweak, and build upon the work for non-commerical purposes purposes as long as you credit the original creator and as long as you license your new creation using the same license. That means that you cannot alter it. For more information about Creative Commons licensing and a link to the license, see full details at