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Art Proper

James Joyce once wrote that art proper serves as a gateway to the gods, but what about art that attacks the Gods, or those who worship them? In Thailand, a young artist by the name of Nupong Chanthorn caused a great uproar with his painting (above) entitled Bhikku Sandan Ka (Monks With Traits of a Crow). According to an article in the Asia Times, the painting has sparked a debate within Thai society over wither Buddhist monks are a legitimate target of criticism. One side argues that monks are sacred and should not be insulted (and here I thought Buddhist had no-self and practiced non-attachment), while the other side argues that it is not only proper to criticize monks, it is a religious duty to expose wrong-doings in society – no matter the source.