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16 June 2010


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Lawrence some great photographs of some very happy folk. A side of Thailand I do enjoy.

BTW you can't really blame the men can you?

Hopefully on Saturday I will be at Wat Dan Singkhon for the "canonball" (Bai Sema) internment (best word I could find) maybe we will get some dancing there?


Thanks Mike. No, I don't blame the men at all. I hope you will do a post about the ceremony on Saturday, I have never seen one, except here in Devon (the Devon Vihara), and even then I got there after the 'burial' had taken place. Hope you enjoy it, I'm sure you'll come up with some great photos and your own unique view of the occasion.

Catherine Wentworth

Hi Lawrence, great photos and videos. I don't get out of Bangkok often so I thrive on seeing the visuals.

And I'm ashamed to say that I had to google 'Kathin ceremony' and 'Boun Bang Fai'.

But I believe I have heard of Boun Bang Fai (I'm just terrible at names is all)... isn't it the ceremony where they used to stick a cat in a basket and walk around tormenting it until it howls?

I promised Martyn a post about the cat ceremony and I got as far as interviewing Martin Clutterbuck, who wrote a book which included the story: Siamese Cats: Legends and Reality. But the 'troubles in Bangkok' arrived and everything was put on hold.

michael hare

Boun Bang Fai is the rocket fertility festival. Extremely large and long sky rockets are shot up into the sky to ask the "Gods" for good rains for the coming rice season. There are many other things associated with Boun Bang Fai. It is also a time of extreme flirting among the young people and the not so young.

However, many young people get very drunk. For those whose rockets fail to fire, they get thrown into a muddy swamp where others, girls and guys, often get involved in a free for all mud fight.

The pictures you have taken Lawrence are very proper and polite. I used to see large 4-6 metre long replica penises being paraded through villages.


Lawrence I've seen a lot of this type of traditional dancing during my time spent in Udon Thani. The dancers always attract big crowds and the men folk really do enjoy the performances. One of Wilai's uncles is always at the shows, he has an eye for a pretty lady with a fine pair of legs. Haven't we all.

I've just ordered your ebook Looking For Mr Rin and it will be emailed to me when the payment is processed (5-7 days). I'm looking forward to reading it and may do a review about it on BTMJ.

Good luck with your ebook sales and I hope Pensri's History of Phana is selling well too.


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