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Rice Farmer

An elderly Rice Farmer at the Village Songkran festival.

 

For much of Thailand, Songkran festival is best known for its week-long water pistol fights, and for its even higher than usual road accident deaths.

 

However, in our Village, Songkran is about more gentle and meaningful Buddhist and Khmer rituals directed at a reliable Monsoon season leading to a successful rice harvest. Most of the Village gathers in a sala [shade house} to conduct a series of rituals over two or three days.

 

The Village Temple monks attend some of the rituals and lead long chanting sessions. Local Shamans lead Khmer rituals focused on fertile earth and plentiful rains. The Village people eat several meals together, and this helps to strengthen a sense of Community.

Rice Farmer

An elderly Rice Farmer at the Village Songkran festival.

 

For much of Thailand, Songkran festival is best known for its week-long water pistol fights, and for its even higher than usual road accident deaths.

 

However, in our Village, Songkran is about more gentle and meaningful Buddhist and Khmer rituals directed at a reliable Monsoon season leading to a successful rice harvest. Most of the Village gathers in a sala [shade house} to conduct a series of rituals over two or three days.

 

The Village Temple monks attend some of the rituals and lead long chanting sessions. Local Shamans lead Khmer rituals focused on fertile earth and plentiful rains. The Village people eat several meals together, and this helps to strengthen a sense of Community.

comments (9)

  • Bonnie
  • United States
  • 29 Apr 2018, 03:08
Very special portrait.
Ray: A good man, with a characterful face.
A wonderful portrait, Ray!
Ray: A well respected elder in The Village, Elizabeth.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Apr 2018, 06:56
Somehow I just j=knew that the monks would be there knowing that food was involved. It does sound like good reason t get them there, though. It's a fine portrait. What a great hat, too.
Ray: Feeding the Monks is quite a big part of the deal with Buddhist rituals, Alan...they get fed first, and typically get the best of the available food.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 29 Apr 2018, 06:57
This all sounds immensely sensible to me. In the UK people would just get drunk and argue. Surprisingly Buddhism is quite popular here too
Ray: In our Village Buddhism blends with Khmer, totemism, paganism, animism and even a little voodoo...it is fascinating, Chris.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 29 Apr 2018, 09:14
Magnifique portrait !
Ray: Merci, Martine.
a very nice portrait, Ray. i like the concentric rings of the hat
Ray: A good man...I saw the hat as providing something like a halo, Ayush.
A fine portrait, he has a very lived in face, no doubt these people work very hard to make a living.
Ray: I think he is about 74 years old, Brian, and has spent nearly every day of that working in the sun...it gives a face character.
A fine portrait, Ray.
Ray: Thank you, Tom. I like picking out older people in a crowd.
Why are there normally more car accidents? Alcohol?

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