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Ritual #1

Almost every House and Workplace in Thailand has a Spirit House [Sarn], which is offered as a pleasant alternative dwelling for the Spirits of Ancestors [aka Ghosts].

 

This is our Sarn. Na is preparing fresh fruit as part of the offering...she is opening a fresh Coconut, which she can do in 4 seconds with a meat cleaver. She has also provided fresh flowers from the garden, and has lit insence and candles. Young Tom is "helping".

 

I installed 4 solar-powered lights on the platform.

 

Na or her Dad perform this offering ritual every day, and I would like to think the Ancestors are contented.

 

Ritual #1

Almost every House and Workplace in Thailand has a Spirit House [Sarn], which is offered as a pleasant alternative dwelling for the Spirits of Ancestors [aka Ghosts].

 

This is our Sarn. Na is preparing fresh fruit as part of the offering...she is opening a fresh Coconut, which she can do in 4 seconds with a meat cleaver. She has also provided fresh flowers from the garden, and has lit insence and candles. Young Tom is "helping".

 

I installed 4 solar-powered lights on the platform.

 

Na or her Dad perform this offering ritual every day, and I would like to think the Ancestors are contented.

 

comments (13)

This is very pleasant Ray.
Ray: Life is good, Frank.
Jolie coutume. Le chat a l'air très intéressé.
Ray: Le sarong de Na est fait de soie locale, qui a été tissée par un ami dans un village voisin, Martine.

La soie de cette région est de la plus haute qualité et les motifs sont traditionnels, mais peuvent être uniques à un seul tisserand.
The more I look, Ray, the more I see. I would love to know more about the three "pillars." Do you (pl.) buy them like that and then decorate them to make them personal? So many questions. And Na looks so lovely in this "exercise."
Ray: Our House builder made the platform for us, to our specification, Ginnie. We purchased the 3 peaces that sit on top, as a set. After they were ceremoniously placed on the platform, Na and her Dad "personalised" them for their ancestors.

The Sarn is regarded as an essential part of the home. Tomorrow I will show you something a little different inside the house.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Jan 2020, 06:01
That is quite the ritual, Ray. And no looks gorgeous. Now I wonder, this Sarn, was this made for you or is there a place you can order them?
Thank you for explaining the sarong for us. It is beautiful.
Ray: The platform was made for us, to our specification, by the team that built or house, Astrid. The "furnature" on top of the platform was purchased as a set, and installed with much ritual under the guidance of a local Sharman who Na respects.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2020, 06:24
No question about it, the ancestors are delighted with the attention paid to them by Na, her Dad and Young Tom..
Ray: I expect this is true, Chris.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 29 Jan 2020, 06:28
Obviously a very important part of Na's life. I like to think kindly of my ancestors, and it is good whatever way it is done.
Ray: Yes...it is common in most of Asia to celebrate On's ancestors, Lisl.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Jan 2020, 06:46
A fine tradition to keep going. Perhaps Tom is joining in - maybe leaving a dead rat for his ancestors?
Ray: Ha Ha

and

Ha Ha

Perhaps Tom is an Ancestor who is living this life as a Cat, Alan.
Des coutumes et des us très interessantes à  decouvrir , merci pour son partage , je suis sur que les ancêtres sont heureux !
Ray: Là où nous vivons, il y a un riche mélange de Thaï, Khmer, Bouddhiste, Totémisme, Vaudou, Animisme ... tous réunis, Claudine, et le résultat est fascinant pour moi.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 29 Jan 2020, 08:35
Lovely pictures of everyday life in Siam Ray. I love seeing Tom.
Ray: Tom follows Na everywhere in the garden, Chad.
This is a very fine custom.
Ray: Yes...I like it, Bill, and it seems to beep most of the ghosts out of the house. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 29 Jan 2020, 11:00
Over here the African culture is very much into the ancestor thing. The difference is that they let them rule their lives. So how does that go, when the mute ancestors speak to them? They pay a soothsayer/diviner to tell them. Why is my wife sick. Because your brother John did something wrong. That can land John in deep trouble. The business is never failing because of your own lack of expertise, but it is the fault of someone, not too far from you. People also have to consult the ancestors (diviner) about family matters. About three quarters of these people still believe in their ancestors. The ancestors are not worshipped in any way, but they are the main source of things that went wrong and also how to move forward.

Certain taboos exist, not to make the ancestors unhappy. Like the chain of command. First speak to your mom and with her permission to your dad, and with his permission to the family head and with his permission to the village head - and so on. The tribal chief is a distant person. Now try and translate this into a modern democracy...
Ray: That is fascinating, Louis, but nothing like the situation here.

I think the main difference here might be that Thailand is almost 100% Buddhist, and the fundamental principle for Buddhism is that, at the end, You are responsible for the successes and failures in your life. While I am not Buddhist [nor any other *ist], I find this principle is very close to my own belief.

Ancesters are to be respected, but have already done their bit and now it is hoped they will Rest-in-Peace.
I really like the ribbon or fabric wrapped around posts. I think the ancestors would like these colourful wind flags.
Ray: Me, too. These ribbons are used to dress up sarns, but also significant trees by the roads and other things, Care.
are you referring to the lamps on the corners, Ray? is that the whole thing or is the solar panel elsewhere out of this frame?
Ray: The solar cells are built into the tops of the lights, Ayush, and these inexpensive units have worked surprisingly well for about 4 years already.

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