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Ritual for the sick

Recently we visited a sick friend [actually the man who built our house...we are now close friends] in Buriram Province. When we arrived at his house, in a small village, he was not there but attending a twice weekly blood dialysis treatment in a hospital 40km away. There were about 50 friends and relatives gathered at his house, and they were preparing and consuming a small celebratory feast while waiting for him.

 

Soon after he arrived home, seven monks joined the group and lead Rituals for the Sick in his living-room...lots of chanting, offering of cash gifts to assist with medical treatments, burning of candles and incense, throwing of water...

 

The top image shows a small section of the attendees, all sitting on the floor in the living-room. The bottom image shows the monks, also sitting on the living-room floor, with our sick friend in the right of the frame.

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Ritual for the sick

Recently we visited a sick friend [actually the man who built our house...we are now close friends] in Buriram Province. When we arrived at his house, in a small village, he was not there but attending a twice weekly blood dialysis treatment in a hospital 40km away. There were about 50 friends and relatives gathered at his house, and they were preparing and consuming a small celebratory feast while waiting for him.

 

Soon after he arrived home, seven monks joined the group and lead Rituals for the Sick in his living-room...lots of chanting, offering of cash gifts to assist with medical treatments, burning of candles and incense, throwing of water...

 

The top image shows a small section of the attendees, all sitting on the floor in the living-room. The bottom image shows the monks, also sitting on the living-room floor, with our sick friend in the right of the frame.

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comments (16)

What a wonderful tradition, one we should emulate...
Ray: One of the many positives about Thai up-country Village life, Larry...I learn a lot from observing these things, and certainly believe it contributes to quality of life for these poor, simple-living people.
A lovely community.
Ray: It is educational to me to observe how these Village communities pull together, Elizabeth.
So touchin, Ray. I do hope after all that your friend is much better?!
Ray: He is in better shape now that he is having dialysis twice a week, Ginnie, but will have to continue this for the rest of his life. I believe the doctor also suspects a heart malfunction that has not been addressed yet.

He is much-loved in the community.
Jolie cérémonie. J'aime la personne âgée en premier plan sur la première photo.
Ray: Les personnes âgées en Thaïlande ont des visages très typés, Martine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 7 Feb 2018, 06:26
What am example of community support. The concentration in your top picture is palpable
Ray: Up-country village communities can be very close and supportive, Lisl...impressive to observe.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 7 Feb 2018, 06:29
One of the things that comes across from your saga of Thai life is the sheer sense of community you have out there Ray. In the UK this can be entirely lacking
Ray: Up-country Village communities still work well, Chris, and is one reason Thai people always want to return to their ancestral roots as they get older.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Feb 2018, 06:43
I hope that your friend gets a lot of comfort from the support of the other village people and from the monks. I thought at first the monks were there just for a party but it appears not in this case as they gave practical help.
Ray: I sometimes feel monks are a big drain on Village communities, Alan, but occasions like this are when their community value becomes apparent. Although our friend is quite ill, I have no doubt he felt lifted by this occasion.
Au moins on doit se sentir soutenu pour traverser la maldadie en etant ainsi entouré
Belles photos !
Merci
Ray: C'est l'un des avantages de la vie villageoise thaïlandaise, Claudine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Feb 2018, 07:30
Oh, what a moving celebration! My very best wishes for your friend!
Ray: It is impressive to observe how these up-country Villages provide community support for their individuals, Philine.
Another fascinating insight into a way of life that has much to commend it. Here many people die alone and unnoticed
Ray: Thank you, Bill.

Some aspects of up-country Thai Village life are very impressive.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Feb 2018, 07:48
This is very touching and that shows how close people are and care for each other. I do hope your friend is better now? Or does he still have to go for treatment into the hospital?
Ray: Up-country Thai Villages still have a very strong community focus, Astrid, and I find it impressive to observe.

Our friend is seriously ill with failing kidneys and heart, so on-going medical interventions will be part of his life from now on.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 7 Feb 2018, 10:25
He seems to be quite sick. It doesn't matter what rituals etc, but the level of support one gets under the circumstances counts for a lot. Therefor it is never a good idea to cut one's support lines.
Ray: He is quite sick, Louis...failing kidneys and a mal-functioning heart, at least. He is much-loved in the community, and this ritual makes that clear to him.
Thanks for bringing us this element of Thai life Ray, it seems to me people care a lot more for their neighbours, friends and relations than many people do in the U.K., indeed you must feel privileged to be allwoed to photograph these intimate and private moments.
Ray: Few people are alone in up-country Village communities in Thailand, Brian.

I am encouraged to take pictures at events like this, and no longer feel I am intruding.
I think it must feel good for the faithful to take part in this ceremony.
Ray: Events like this also help to bond communities, Mary, and so the Village community gains as much as the individual who is the focus of the event.

I am not into religion, or Wellness stuff, but can readily see how these rituals benefit all participants.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 7 Feb 2018, 15:37
I like the expressions on their faces Ray (top piccy)
Ray: It is evident there is a lot of focus on the sick man, Chad.
You do see Thai life, Ray - a privilege!
Ray: It is as you say, Tom, and I am grateful for the access that is so freely given to me.

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