‘Ultraman Buddha’ is so comical it’s criminal, say hardliners

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‘Ultraman Buddha’ is so comical it’s criminal, say hardliners

Ultraconservative Buddhists file a police complaint against an artist who depicted Buddha as a superhero

Panu Wongcha-um and Panarat Thepgumpanat

A group of Buddhist hardliners in Thailand have filed a police complaint against a young female artist over paintings that depict images of the Buddha as 1960s Japanese superhero character Ultraman.

The complaint over four paintings, displayed last week at a shopping mall in northeastern Thailand, highlights how ultraconservative Buddhist groups have been emboldened to go farther than establishment religious authorities in combating perceived threats to their faith.

Buddhism, followed by more than 90% of Thais, is one of three traditional pillars of Thai society, alongside the nation and the monarchy...

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