(VI) 篇章結構 10%
One of Bangkok's unique attractions is the Phra Phrom, a statue with four heads and eight hands that is a representation of Brahma, the Hindu god. _(50)_ Consequently, it needs to be cleaned every 15 minutes. Thailand is home to millions of Hindu worshippers in Thailand, although the country is predominately Buddhist. Devotees offer incense, candles and other offerings, including money to help poor families and to maintain the Erawan Shrine, in which the Phra Phrom is placed. _(51)_ Worshippers also make promises to the deity in return for answered prayers and requests. _(52)_
The statue's four faces and eight hands represent various blessings, and, in Thai culture, Phra Phrom is believed to be the deity of good karma and fortune. The statue was enshrined in Bangkok's Erawan Shrine in 1956 as way to counteract negative karma. _(53)_ Using pieces of the broken statue, people rebuilt the statue, which remains in the Erawan Shrine today. _(54)_
(A) The statue is one of Thailand's most sacred sights, and because of that it sees a lot of foot traffic.
(B) Although there are many replicas of the Phra Phrom across Thailand, the rebuilt statue's popularity is not matched by any of them.
(C) However, it is believed that if people fail to keep their promises, they could suffer from Brahma's displeasure and receive bad luck.
(D) Often the site is drowning in a sea of flowers that are commonly given as offerings, along with other items.
(E) When the original statue was destroyed in 2006 by a man who suffered from a mental illness, angry bystanders killed him.