King Mongkut (Rama IV) is still venerated as a God in Thailand. In the west he became famous as the all singing and all dancing King of Siam in ‘The King and I’.
A while ago I spent an evening with a Thai lady, Grace, who had recently moved to Hastings. On her house altar I noticed a postcard of King Mongkut’s contemporary, Queen Victoria, in between the flowers and incense.
Grace told me about how she was once walking along the sea front when she came across this statue of Queen Victoria. The sculpture spoke to her, and gave her some advise about where she should go to meet her husband to be. Grace needed to get married in order to stay in England, so she followed Queen Vic’s advise and everything went to plan. Grace has now decided that Queen Victoria is a Goddess.
And who am I to argue otherwise.
This is how I’m more used to seeing her, though.
Again, I am constantly amazed by how smoothly reality can twist and turn itself into whatever shape we need it to be…Queen Vic; a Dumpy, Dead Despot with a Bollard on her Head or a Benevolent Living Goddess – take your pick.
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