Sangthong, Sinxay’s twin brother, with his conch body is richly symbolic. You can see a portrait of Sangthong above, taken from a gilded carved wooden door gracing the front of Wat Ong Teu in Sam Neua. You can see the entire panel in the photo below. Sangthong’s primary role in Sinxay is as a trailblazer, clearing the way for Sinxay as he proceeds on his quest to free Soumountha. In the description provided in the Lalitavistara Sūtra, it is stated that the conch, one of the designs on Buddha’s right hand, is a symbol that fearlessly proclaims the truth of the dhamma. This portrayal can be seen reflected in Sangthong’s pose in both photos.