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With its 33 meter length it is one of the longest books in the world. The sophisticated composition of beautiful paintings makes it one of the most important Thai manuscripts ever. The magnificent manuscript Trai-Phum (= Three Worlds) is a highlight in many respects. The Thai King Taksin commissioned the work from his court painters in 1776.

Cittalata, ein himmlischer Garten. Szene aus der thailändischen Prachthandschrift "Traiphum" (II 650) Inv. Nr. II 650
Cittalata, ein himmlischer Garten. Szene aus der thailändischen Prachthandschrift "Traiphum" (II 650) Inv. Nr. II 650 Staatliche Museen zu Berlin / Museum für Asiatische Kunst / Image: SBB-PK/Hagen Immel

According to ancient Buddhist beliefs, the cosmos consists of three worlds. Good or bad deeds determine where one is reborn. At the bottom is the world of sensual desire with hells. Above that are the human world and numerous heavens. Only at the top, in the world of the formless, all desire is extinguished: there salvation is near.

In the guided tour we travel with our eyes through 6 m of this great vision of the cosmos: we descend from the paradisiacal beautiful Tavatimsa sky of the god-king Indra via the sphere of the stars down to Mount Meru, which is surrounded by fanatastic ring continents and oceans, and end the wandering in the realm of the Asuras, the fallen demigods.

Curator: Martina Stoye

- 8,00 EUR pro Person
- Please book your ticket in advance online or at the box office in the foyer.
- Monthly on the first Wednesday at the Museum of Asian Art, on the second Wednesday at the Ethnological Museum Dates and ticket booking for the coming month are activated at the end of the previous month.
- Duration: 60 min
- Language: German
- max. 15 persons Belongs to: The Particular View

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Humboldt Forum - Museum für Asiatische Kunst