Wan Khao Phansaa pt1

by Berckmans Peter August. 28, 2018 356 views

Wan Khoa Phansaa or Buddhist lenth, I already said a bit obout this important Buddhist day. This is the time of the year that the monks stay in their temples and don't travel around. The time to meditate and deep yourself in the teachings of Buddha. Higher monks go on retreat in isolation to go deep in meditation and the learnings. Also it is in the rainy season ,what makes travelling around very difficult ( in the old days ), there monks did many of their travels on foot. For normal people it is the time to make promises like no alcohol or live better or get vegetarian for 3 monts or longer.

For the Thai male this is the time to enter the temple, there every male has to become a monl at some point of his life. We were invited to this ceremony by family. Pong is his name and he is a military man. Had not a easy life, his parents abandoned him and he was raised by his aunt, who he considers as his mother. The ceremony is in a few stages, first they get shaven and get white clothing to prepare him for his journey, in that time he honors his parents by washing their feet and thanking them. After when he has entered the temple the parents thank the monk, he is not seen as their son no more. All of this goes together with some heavy parties if you can pay it. As I said we were invited and he was happy that I could come. Having a farang ( white man ) at your home is still in some places a honor ( it depents how this people behave, many of the whites I see are just pigs with no respect ). With taking photos I kept my distance, do not want to insult them by doing something wrong.

His wife preparing her dress

Than the elepants arrive to bring him to the temple. Just in the middle of the street among the people.

Behind the elephants walk the people and the musician, and these are worthe a few photos. They play the synthesiser, electric guitars drums and many more. and the electric power comes from a mobile generator. The music they play is real Esaan music and the meaning is to let people dance on the street and whip up the rythm as they go with enough alcohol on the way.

And of they were, we did no tgo to temple with them, had another appointment.

A few days later I received this photo , Pong as a monk.

photo taken by his wife

photo taken by his wife

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Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

Fascinating series! Nice camera work! Thanks for sharing these~~

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 2 months ago

My pleasure

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Jay Boggess Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago

+1

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Andi Saw 2 years, 3 months ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 3 months ago

You are free to do it or not,but most do. Good idea to import something like that here and learn some selfishness

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Andi Saw Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 2 months ago
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Berckmans Peter Replied to Andi Saw 2 years, 2 months ago

smile

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks a lot, that is really an interesting story!  I like the pictures. I'm impressed, that you were capable to shot so many good pictures, although you kept respectful distance. Very story telling!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

I walk among them and keep a bit away from the ceremony. Sometimes they just put me in front and are proud to show me what is going on. Have been to weddings, funerals and many ceremonies. The people love to show you their way of life,if you respect it.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 3 months ago

thumbsup Thanks for sharing the story!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

How long does someone remains as a monk? It is almost like a mandatory military service, isn't it? Although with other purposes, of course. Thanks for sharing this tradition my friend

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

The normal going time is 3 months nowadays. Glad you like it

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