We posted recently about a Japanese temple that is using “cute-sexy” anime depictions of deities to promote itself. Now, here’s another surprising trend in Buddhist art. A temple in Thailand is noted for including images of an anime character amongst the symbolism in its murals.
Over the course of years, while retouching the walls of the temple, artist Rakkiat Lertjitsakul began including the image of Doraemon, a beloved robotic cat from the future.
“We thought it was lovely,” said one of the temple’s monks. “Besides, it has a attracted a lot of children and young people.”
For the whole story on Doraemon, and photos, visit Kotaku.com’s article on the artwork.