In a Buddhist context, this posture is used to display veneration toward Buddhist monks, spirit houses, and temples. When I saw Ronald McDonald in Bangkok, the intersection between popular cultural artifacts and religion became obvious.
In the United States, McDonald’s is the largest purchaser of beef, yet none of it will ever get shipped to its stores in India.
There is an energy that is life-supportive, which is aligned with the plan of the divine. It seeks to flow into every recess of matter and every shadow of our lives.
Certainly, this Thai Theravadin monk understands the only thing that exists is the present, but with a Canon, he can relive the past as the present in the future.
This sadhu might have left behind all attachments and renounced the world, but he could not let go of Sprite.
I think it not only reveals the absurdity of the religious transition to consumerism, but also suggests the image’s ability to speak of a "fast-food religiosity."
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I left Delhi where McDonald's did not serve beef, and wound up in a place where Ramadan left McDonald's closed during the middle of the day.