Feeding the Ghosts...2020

Discussion in 'Thai Local History / Culture' started by mario299, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

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    Today it is Feed the Ghosts Day, and, like every year, the lovely wife does a good job. This is one of my favorite Khmer holidays, because the "Ghosts" (dead relatives) don't have much appetite and usually that's a bonus for me...
     
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  2. Rice

    Rice Surin Founding Father

    Wow. Nice spread. You have Hiso spooks! :D
    My wife's family is Kui and they do it twice. Once on the full moon and again on the new moon, which is tomorrow, well mostly, but could be today. As evident by your families spread @mario299 today.
    Laos descendants only observe the full moon feast of the spooks.
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    Less Hiso spooks evident by the taste in Lao Khao. :oops:
     
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  3. Yorky

    Yorky Fullritis Member

    Same in my drum.

    Bring out yer dead!

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  4. Cent

    Cent FORUM SPONSOR


    Those old ghosts prefer the Lao Khao kick. :)
     
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  5. Cent

    Cent FORUM SPONSOR


    I see you offered up one of your Archas for the pii, Yorky? :)
     
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  6. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

    Some of them have been a little much (in my opinion), but it's their celebration...
    This is back in 2010:
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  7. Merlin

    Merlin Surin Founding Father

    Thai/Khmer/Lao etc., traditions and customs are as varied as those of any other countries I suppose, but the ones that deal with death and the respecting of the long-dead here can be a little morbid to sat the least.

    During the last few days, we've attended no fewer than five funerals, one repeat blessing for someone's home, and today's respect for the dead. My wife will attend another funeral this evening. I confess to having the occasional thought that those who have passed on might have appreciated the same degree of respect for them while they were alive...

    Yesterday's funeral included the ceremonial washing of the dead person's hand by attendees. Once that part was concluded, the workers involved completed the wrapping of the body in sheets. The decorative coffin was then opened, a long metal tray removed from it and laid next to the body. "Helpers" then raised the body and slid the tray beneath it. The body was then lifted over their heads and slid inside the coffin. Apart from the washing, the remaining actions described above were carried out with about as much respect for the deceased as if dishes were being stuffed into a cupboard, with mourners laughing and chatting, and with many if not most of them studying their mobile phones.

    This departure from Western custom seems more than just a little macabre, and the funeral will continue tonight and on until the day of the cremation, to be followed 100 days after the death and again on the anniversary, by more "respect." I daresay that the family of the dead will be respecting him and his predecessors with the customary glasses of spirits, beer, water, red and green sodas, dead meat, fruit and other offerings... Meanwhile, the house is now full of incense smoke, and my facemask is being out to good use, trapping some of the smoke (and my bad thoughts about the whole process.)

    As usual, my wife invited me to call up my forefathers in order for them to share in today's bounty. I really don't want to give offence to those who believe in this facet of local customs, but as I'm not a strong believer in this type of ceremony, I merely stood in front of the makeshift display and contemplated that annual mystery to me of what happens to the produce on offer to the departed. I can imagine Nomad wincing at the thought of my precious Bells sitting there with incense ash drifting down into the half-full glass.

    The things we do to please our hosts, eh?
     
  8. Yorky

    Yorky Fullritis Member

    My wife did. Not I.

    It's back in the fridge now. And the Regency is back in the cupboard.
     
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  9. nomad97

    nomad97 Resident Smart Arse Staff Member

    @Merlin said, "I can imagine Nomad wincing at the thought of my precious Bells sitting there with incense ash drifting down into the half-full glass."

    Perish the thought! We are indeed very fortunate that our relatively modern village dwelling, built some 8 or 9 years ago, has no departed ghosts living within the house or even in this neck of the woods for that matter. Therefore, the need to splash the cash to lay on a bountiful offering for these unfortunate souls is totally unnecessary and has not been performed again for yet another year. SWMBO does not follow in her mother's footsteps, thank Buddha. :D:D:D
     
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  10. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick You chose a custom title

    Unless it is the funeral of a direct family member (or a farang friend) I keep well clear
     
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  11. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick You chose a custom title

    Fortunately feeding the ghosts is one piece of mumbo jumbo that Mrs PN does not involve herself in. I wonder whether that will change once I am gone:rolleyes:
     
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  12. Rice

    Rice Surin Founding Father

    Probably as she will want to keep you fed. So you don't haunt her. :confused:
     
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  13. Yorky

    Yorky Fullritis Member

     
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  14. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick You chose a custom title

    Then she will need to splash out on some Jamesons. No Lao Khao for me! :D
     
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  15. Wanderer

    Wanderer Cannot re - Member

    My stance is and always will be that of - "if people in Thailand would spend just 3% of their time thinking about the future and only 97% spending their money on the past then many things might get better".
    But nobody listens.
     
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  16. Merlin

    Merlin Surin Founding Father


    THEIR money? Or somebody else's?
     
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  17. nomad97

    nomad97 Resident Smart Arse Staff Member

    Well said.
     
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  18. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick You chose a custom title

    On casually mentioning the ghosts to my wife, she seemed to think it was something more specific to Surin province than Buriram province. Certainly in my village there was little of no PHI activity
     
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  19. mario299

    mario299 Surin Founding Father

    I think it is definitely more a Khmer thing than a Thai thing, so she's probably correct that you will find more folks in the Surin Province that follow this tradition than in Buriram.
     
  20. Yorky

    Yorky Fullritis Member

    My wife is from Phayao?
     
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