Chapter Seven: Lady Luck of the City

In this chapter of Stone Masters, I report and interpret the various versions of the myth of Lady Sii Mueang, Lady Luck of the City. Wat Sii Mueang, located in the south-eastern fringe of Vientiane’s historic area and wedged between the busy thoroughfares of Samsenthai and Setthethirat roads, is a popular temple that offers a colourful mix of Brahmanic (phaam) and Buddhist activities. Wat Sii Mueang houses the city pillar of Vientiane. Lady Luck of the City is said to be the deity of this pillar and the city.

The myth of the city pillar condenses elements of everyday contradictions into the ambiguous and powerful figure of the Lady Luck of the City.

holly high, Stone masters