Posted by: Ianatlarge
N 16° 26.400 E 101° 09.240
47Q E 729994 N 1818830
Quick Description: A sculpture of the noble tamarind, outside the Phetchabun Provincial Hall.
Date Posted: 3/4/2012 11:06:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMDX49
Phetchabun is one of the many provinces of central Thailand. One of the major provincial cash crops is the sweet tamarind (Tamarindus indica). This fruit is also the Provincial Tree, and in January there is an annual Tamarind Festival. Not surprisingly therefore, representations of the tamarind are to be found throughout the capital and the province.
This particular sculpture is found in the grounds of the Provincial Hall (provincial admin). It advertises the annual festival. Perhaps it is challenging to make a tamarind look overly interesting, but this does not seem the most fascinating sculpture I have seen. I can add that this is the first time I have seen a sculpture of the provincial tree.
And... there is a wide spread, ongoing joke in the province. The tamarind resembles something else. In a family oriented website such as this, I will not say, but it is a source of constant amusement. As women traditionally harvest and prepare the tamarind, by breaking it open and then mashing the tamarind together, this process is also a source of local jocularity. A universal aspect of human nature.
Title: Sweet Tamarind
Placement Date: Unknown
Type of Object: Fruit.
Location: In the grounds of the Provincial Hall.
Website: Not listed
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