I came across this place last year but have only now got around to including it in the blog. I was unsure whether to add it to “Shorties” or “Secrets”. It could have been either because this temple is located on the edge of Chiang Mai, out where we live, and is definitely off the tourist trail. It’s a bit graphic on many levels – not for the prudish or squeamish.

I have always had the impression of Buddhism as being pretty benign and harmless, much more so than some more traditional religions where there are still some aspects remaining today from the days when scaring the peasants into handing over more money was a good living for some.

This temple called Wat Mae Kaet, hidden away off a small back road in San Sai will change your view of gentle Buddhism. I am not sure if the theme of this temple would sit well with Buddha himself but as we know man’s ability to alter the pure truth of all religions is……well the basis of all religion!

It all starts off in a pretty tame way. Nothing to scare the kiddies yet.

It all starts off in a pretty tame way. Nothing to scare the kiddies yet.

A pleasant walk through the temple grounds until you take a closer look.

A pleasant walk through the temple grounds until you take a closer look.

I wondered where the grim reaper had got to. Got a voluntary redundancy from the public service and ended up in Chiang Mai evidently. Looking a little worse for wear. Retirement does that to you after a while.

I wondered where the grim reaper had got to. Got a voluntary redundancy from the public service and ended up in Chiang Mai evidently. Looking a little worse for wear. Retirement does that to you after a while.

Yes. We have all had mornings like this. Never again right?

Yes. We have all had mornings like this. Never again right?

OK. I get it. Alcohol is bad for you and also causes you to lose your inhibitions by the look of this lady - not all bad news! Sorry.

OK. I get it. Alcohol is bad for you and also causes you to lose your inhibitions by the look of this lady – not all bad news! Sorry.

Who let the demons out of the cupboard. Not happy about being shut up for so long either by the look of this guy.

Who let the demons out of the cupboard. Not happy about being shut up for so long either by the look of this guy.

Not sure what this bloke is up to but it is no good you can be sure. I am sure that book isn't all fun and joy. The temple is obviously open at night, which would be a nice little outing for the family.

Not sure what this bloke is up to but it is no good you can be sure. I am sure that book isn’t all fun and joy. The temple is obviously open at night, which would be a nice little outing for the family.

Now that's going to sting. Not sure what these guys have done wrong. I wish I could get an English guide book for this place to make sense of what looks like the senseless.

Now that’s going to sting. Not sure what these guys have done wrong. I wish I could get an English guide book for this place to make sense of what looks like the senseless.

The motorcyclist from hell. I have to say it has had no effect on the riding habits of Thai people.

The motorcyclist from hell. I have to say it has had no effect on the riding habits of Thai people.

A bit graphic. Not a good day at the office. Mind you with a head like that on that body, well the head that used to be on that body, I am thinking this was a confused person even on a good day.

A bit graphic. Not a good day at the office. Mind you with a head like that on that body, well the head that used to be on that body, I am thinking this was a confused person even on a good day.

Now this guy below has obviously upset the lady because she is looking and acting definitely p****d off. A John and Lorena Bobbett moment, remember them? Not sure which of Buddha’s teaching this one relates to but someone can bring me up to speed in the comments! The motto in my mind is NEVER upset a Thai woman.

A woman scorned!

A woman scorned!

Now this looks a lot better but it maybe it's the prelude leading up to the previous photo! A scene that will get the questions flowing from the little ones.

Now this looks a lot better but it maybe it’s the prelude leading up to the previous photo! A scene that will get the questions flowing from the little ones.

More blood and gore. Just another temple visit.

More blood and gore. Just another temple visit.

I am guessing that this is what happens if you live a good life. I for one am certainly behaving myself from now on - well mostly.

I am guessing that this is what happens if you live a good life. I for one am certainly behaving myself from now on – well mostly.

Peaceful especially for the worms.

Peaceful especially for the worms.

What can I add?

What can I add?

I give up. Christianity is looking quite benevolent at this stage.

I give up. Christianity is looking quite benevolent at this stage.

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