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13 February 2011


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Lawrence, does this process mark out the consecrated ground? With the poles later replaced by the Bai Sema/Luk Nimit?

Nice pics and clearly an enjoyable ceremony, spirits and all.


Mike, I don't think the ground is marked out by this. As with house-building, the columns supporting the roof are very important and each one has a name depending on its position and relation to the compass-points, I think. Perhaps the luk nimit that goes under the ubosot was involved, but I didn't see it.

Recently I met an abbot who told me that 'Lao' wats (like hi, in a village in Ubon Province)did not have luk nimit. At his wat there were not even any bai sema, he said they had been removed because they had got broken. It was a very old wat. The apparent 'fiction' that ALL ubosots have luk nimit seems to be another example of the Thai assumption that THEIR norms are applicable evrywhere in Thailand. Cultural hegemony.

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