Two in Thailand

After raising three children and watching them graduate from college, Bob and Carol decided to leave the educational field and pursue a dream that had been put on hold for 35 years (since graduationg from the University of Northern Iowa). "Two in Thailand" is the journal dedicated to that dream - to serve in the Peace Corps. This is a personal blog. The opinions expressed within do not necessarily represent the views of the Peace Corps or the United States Government.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

PeeTaa (Phi Ta) Khon Festival

This celebration begins with a gathering at Jao Por Guan's house (a medium for the ceremony to offer food to the spirits of the ancestors). The people dance around his house to entice him to come out and lead the ceremony. A procession will lead him and the woman spirit (Jao mae Nangtiam) to the temple where they will wind around the temple three times.

The villagers celebrate in a fashion similar to Halloween (minus the candy). People dress up as spirits for two days, but at the end of the festival Jao Por Guan and Jao Mae Nangtiam protect the people and the spirits disappear. To signify this the masks were thrown into the river. However, as the masks have become more detailed and intricate, they are now simply returned to a safe place for next year!


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