Angels without Nipples

The two-year old white elephant – I mean, international airport – here in Krungthep is filled with all sorts of artwork, most of which is kind of cheap, mass-market versions of traditional Thai temple murals.  There are some contemporary pieces in the arrivals hall by local artists, but most of the baggage claim walls – many stories high and hundreds of feet long – are filled with these faux temple murals.


They are pretty enough, in and of themselves. What you see here is a trio of angels, gracefully flying through the firmament.

What you don’t see here is their nipples.  I thought it odd at first, as in the traditional murals that you would actually see at the temple, the angels are anatomically correct.  Not so, the baggage claim murals.

I walked the length of the artwork and discovered that all of the celestial beings depicted in it were nipple-less.  Perhaps the tourism authority is worried about offending the sensibility of all the visiting European tourists who (with complete disregard for the local modesties) sunbathe topless at our beaches?


On the drive out to the airport two weeks ago, heading to Kuala Lumpur, there was this really frightening cloud cover.  The entire city was under a heavy downpour but as we reached the airport, which is to the east of the city, we could see the edge of the weather system.  Beyond it were bright, sunny skies.  This picture is taken on the road connecting the expressway to the airport.  The THAI Airways maintenance building and employee car park are visible to the left.


0 thoughts on “Angels without Nipples

  1. Nipples… we want nipples! Ok… were they there in the original? Now I’m really curious – of all the things to notice, how the heck did you notice that? I mean, I know you have an eye for detail but this is too much. That is a menacing looking cloud front. I can practically feel the warm moist air.

  2. @ElusiveWords – Yes, the originals in the temples are correct and, in fact, sometimes quite naughty.  Eye for detail in this case is because of the l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g time it took for the baggage from the Air Asia flight to arrive on the carousel.  Guess they didn’t anticipate lines at immigration would be short.

  3. Hmm, thats really strange. I would be weirded out by a bunch of topless, nipple-less anythings. I feel like thats a move that they’d make in America as well.

  4. LOL – Kind of like my husband getting grossed out by one of the Batman films where his latex chest plate had nipples on it. Seems everyone around the globe is becoming “Politically Correct” -too bad.

  5. @secade – Isn’t it, though?@murisopsis – Well, Batman’s nipples were rather… erect.@moptoplop – Could be…@Dezinerdreams – Check the temple murals there in Bhutan and see what you find.@curry69curry – Yes, except not a very good museum.@TheCheshireGrins – Yes, paint the breast another color and I’d believe they were wearing a bikini.  @yang1815 – Well, when you come visit, you try that out.  I’ll bail you out from jail afterwards.

  6. Fei-Tien, the angels you speak of, they signify worry-free-ness.Since there is no burden, a person naturally floats without needing wings to carry them.Sometimes they also carry musical instruments.They don’t really have names and they are no deities.I think they are just there to accent the carefree nature of whatever is depicted there.

  7. That’s strange, since so much of Thai culture is derived from Hinduism and related mythology; the temples and artistic renditions of angels, dieties are always, ALWAYS, so voluptuous in the temples in India. Any way, like Forrest said, may be they are the female versions of eunuchs and were mastectomized. Sorry, couldn’t help saying that.That is one ominous cloud Chris. Glad the weather didn’t do too much damage and your flight took off without any problem.

  8. It makes sense. They don’t have belly buttons either. They are Angels and therefore created from the ether, not born. Then again, they shouldn’t have breasts either, but I won’t get into the nitty-gritty inconsitencies of religion and mythology.

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