1. Antique Chicken Bowls | 2. Thai Chicken Alphabet
.....For those who were born in the year of the Chicken.
The chicken, hand-painted on just about every ceramic bowl from old to new, is something I see quite often in Thailand. A set of my mother's antique collections happens to be what I call "The Chicken Bowls." These bowls come in handy: we use them a lot for liquidy food, such as noodle soup. I don't like to get near real-life chickens so much, but I don't mind when they are painted on the bowls!
There are forty-four letters in the Thai alphabet, and they are named differently than in the Arabic alphabet, where letters are named using only the letter name itself. For example, we say "A, B, C, D, E," but not "A Apple, B Bat, C Cat, D Dog," unless you are a pre-schooler learning the alphabet for the first time. In Thai, however, we would call each letter out along with its unique identifier:
"ก.ไก่" "Gaw Gai"
"ข.ไข่" "Kaw Kai"
"ฃ.ฃวด" "Kaw Kwoud"
"ค.ควาย" "Kaw Kwai"
"ฅ.ฅน" "Kaw Kon"
...and so on.
Gaw is the first letter of the alphabet, and its unique identifier is Gai, which means chicken.
I can stop right here, since this piece of art only scribbles the "Gaw Gai;" however, I'd like to give a little more info.
Kaw is the second letter, and its unique identifier is Kai. It means egg. Chicken egg, perhaps?
Kaw - a different letter that shares the same sound - is identified by Kwoud, or bottle.
Kaw is the fourth letter. It is yet another one that sounds similar to the previous ones. This one is identified by a buffalo, or Kwai.
I think you get the idea why we can't just call out the letters alone.
Let me give you another one, just for fun. Our fifth letter is Kaw, and this time it is Kaw Kon. - A person, a human being, oh my!!!
However, most of the time it is Gaw Gai that one refers to, when it comes to the letters.
I was taught that ก has to be identified by Chicken, just because the letter looks like the head of a chicken. Go ahead and look, it does!
Why Antique Chicken Bowls and Thai Chicken Alphabet? Because they both share a chicken.
...And on this wonderfully strange note, this concludes my long-winded chicken story.