Chofa

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Two main types of Chofa: Pak Hong; Swan's tip (left) and Pak Kruth; Garuda's tip (right)

Chofa (Thai: ช่อฟ้า, pronounced [t͡ɕʰɔ̂ːfáː]; lit. sky tassel) is a Thai architectural decorative ornament that adorns the top at the end of wat and palace roofs in most Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar. It resembles a tall thin bird and looks hornlike. The chofa is generally believed to represent the mythical creature Garuda, half bird and half man, who is the vehicle of the Hindu god Vishnu.[1]

Components[edit]

  • Horn
  • Tip
  • Breast

Types[edit]

  • Swan tip (Pak Hong; ปากหงส์)
  • Garuda tip (Pak Kruth; ปากครุฑ)
  • Fish tip (Pak Pla; ปากปลา)
  • Elephant head (Hua Chang; หัวช้าง)
  • Bird head (Hua Nok; หัวนก)
  • Lanna (ล้านนา)
  • Others

References[edit]

  1. ^ Döhring, Karl (2000). Buddhist Temples of Thailand: An Architectonic Introduction'. White Lotus Press. ISBN 974-7534-40-1.

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