Thai Days: Gold in that far field and “The Churning of the Great Milk Ocean.”

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog finds this one fascinating. A farmer bought a plot of land in Phattalung’s Khao Chaison district and began to plough it with a view to establishing a modestly sized palm oil plantation. He struck gold. Sheets of it, probably buried 800 years ago by a religious group from what is now Malaysia heading for a pagoda in what is now Thailand. No, let’s make that ‘probably’ a ‘possibly’. The whole thing is still rather unknown. The field has yielded golden earrings, eating utensils, and one sheet of gold so far examined by an excited historian depicts “The Churning of the Great Milk Ocean” – an incident in Hindu mythology. Police are currently outnumbered by treasure hunters.


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