We are living in a time when everything is for sale and you can be sure the gods are no exception to this.  
The project began by chance one day as I was walking near a palace in Bangkok.  There I found whole streets lined with vendors on either side, all selling the same (but different) statues of Buddha.  Without giving it much thought, I snapped a few shots of these sparkling new gods .  Buddhas in the company of so many other Buddhas, all wrapped tightly, protected by layers of plastic, and ready to sell.  Fast forward a few months and I’ve found myself wandering through a Little India community in Malaysia.  Here, again,  gods for sale.  The supreme deities of Hinduism: Shiva, Vishnu and Shakti, all wearing a price tag and sharing shelf space with the Taoist Immortals.  In Kolkata I witnessed the actual creation of gods.  Artists worked diligently to construct these ornate life-sized statues. In the Philippines, outside a cathedral in Manila, there were several salesmen in the business of Jesus Christ.   And again, in Bangkok, I visited many more shops selling gods of various religions including Hinduism, Buddhism,Catholicism and Taoism. Something for everyone, if you will, unless you’re Muslim (Mohammad and Allah are not for sale) .
Whether this is sacrilege, I cannot say, but it’s left me wondering what Jesus, Buddha, Shiva and Ch’eng-Huang might think?
God’s Bu$ine$$
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God’s Bu$ine$$

The photos from this project are from India , Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines . 2013- 2014
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