Making a monk
In the villages, most Thai men become monks at some time in their lives. It may be just for a week or for many years. The role of monks is completely integrated into and an essential part of Thai society. These ceremonies are quite frequent in the villages and if there is one on during your painting or photography holiday we will take you to watch or join in.
In the village monk making ceremonies are common and there is a chance of joining in one. The man is prepared for the ceremony in a fine costume and then driven around the village. Issan music is played loudly from a truck and as the procession proceeds you can join in with a happy crowd of people, some drinking beer or Thai whisky, some dancing with their hands in the traditional Thai way.
As the crowd winds its way around the village we collect money from houses and stop vehicles and motorbikes for donations, sometimes exchanged for a drink of beer.
It is dusk by the time we reach one of the Wats (temples) in the village and we wind around it three times. The music has stopped but there is a loud hum from cicadas in the surrounding trees. Its a magic time as we deliver the monk to the temple.
When these ceremonies are happening in the villages we can arrange for you to join one as part of your painting holiday
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