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The Wall #4

It is not well known that Thailand might be the most canalled Country on the Planet...I have read estimates of between 1200-2000km of canals [klongs] just in and around Bangkok...this city was built in the middle of a huge swamp [Chao Phraya River delta] for strategic reasons at the time when Thailand and Burma were at more-or-less constant war.

 

As a result there is a deep history of canal-side life, and this composite illustration shows some of it:

 

* The upside-down parachute is actually a dunking fish net...it is dipped under the water, left for a while, then quickly raised.

 

* The lady in the boat is a floating fruit seller...she will call out her wares and prices as she slowly paddles along the klong, and people will wait at their wooden jetties to purchase their needs.

 

* The family group, on their wooden jetty, are making merit by releasing captured birds and fish.

 

All these activities are still common sights in the klong areas.

The Wall #4

It is not well known that Thailand might be the most canalled Country on the Planet...I have read estimates of between 1200-2000km of canals [klongs] just in and around Bangkok...this city was built in the middle of a huge swamp [Chao Phraya River delta] for strategic reasons at the time when Thailand and Burma were at more-or-less constant war.

 

As a result there is a deep history of canal-side life, and this composite illustration shows some of it:

 

* The upside-down parachute is actually a dunking fish net...it is dipped under the water, left for a while, then quickly raised.

 

* The lady in the boat is a floating fruit seller...she will call out her wares and prices as she slowly paddles along the klong, and people will wait at their wooden jetties to purchase their needs.

 

* The family group, on their wooden jetty, are making merit by releasing captured birds and fish.

 

All these activities are still common sights in the klong areas.

comments (13)

another wonderful tiled painting on the wall Ray... thanks for the description... i figures most of it out except pouring the water into the canal instead of collecting it....petersmile
Ray: You are welcome, Peter.
this is a fine capture with interesting insights into Thai life, Ray.
Ray: These panels are wonderfully instructive, Ayush.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 3 Aug 2017, 06:26
It is so fascinating that these rituals have been handed down to the present day
Ray: Thailand was very 17th century until about 20 years ago, Chris, but change is rapid now.
Who catches the birds and fish for them to release?
Ray: The catching is done by opportunists who become expert in these activities, Bill...nice little earners.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 3 Aug 2017, 06:58
This is delightful, Ray, and I like the people making merit. The world would be a better place if we all did a bit of that!
Ray: Many aspects of Thai traditional culture are admirable, Lisl...Thailand is changing rapidly now, though.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Aug 2017, 07:21
A way of life that has not changed over the centuries and probably will carry on for many years to come. I like the enormous orange up the valley. wink
Ray: I am not sure how much longer these things will endure, Alan.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 3 Aug 2017, 07:25
Though the subject matter is quite different Ray, this reminds me of the work of Paul Nash, especially, we are making a new world.
Ray: Perhaps Paul studied the old Thai culture, Chad.
Très belle scène, j'aime beaucoup.
Ray: Merci, Martine.
No pun intended but these are almost better than photographs if you know what I mean.
Ray: I am delighted at how well the little phone cam performed, Brian.
Very nice with smiles on everyone, even the dog.
Ray: There are still ready smiles on up-country Thai folks, Mary.
Fascinating stuff - on klongs, I recall stopping by one with our friend Katalee Sombatsiri while she chatted with the people on a boat. She came back to tell us that they were from 'up country' with a load of building bricks. As an aside she said that we were not to imagine they were poor people!
Ray: Thank you, Tom...an interesting anecdote...up-country Thai folks tend to be cash poor, but attitude rich.
so much in this one, a real work of art
Ray: Canal Culture is very interesting, Martin.
Thanks for the lucid explanations...
Ray: You are most welcome, Larry.

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