Religious Rituals in Thailand?
I’m doing this for a school project, can anybody provide some examples of some religious rituals in thailand? a link of information would be helpful 🙂
Thais are 95 per cent Theraveda Buddhist. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theravada There are also Muslins and Christians. Thailand is a religiously tolerant country.
Although Thailand is mostly Buddhist some people believe in anamism (anamism: religious or spiritual idea that souls or spirits exist in humans, animals, plants or other entities.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animism It would be a mistake to say that Buddhist believe this or that any more than it would be correct to say all Christain believe in ghosts. So I will give some religious customs that are practiced in Thailand but
not practiced everywhere (except merit making which is done by most Thais)
Bai sii http://www.north-by-north-east.com/articles/01_04_1.asp
This is a Issan (Northeast Thailand Tradition)
Strings (about 5-6 inches long) are tied on the wrist to bind the spirits to the wearer. During the tying blessings are given for luck, long life, happiness, good health, happy marriage, money etc… The strings are worn for a minimum of 3 days.
List of the most important ways of making merit.
1. Becoming a monk
2. Contributing enough money for the construction of a monastery
3. Having a son ordained as a monk
4. Making excursions to Buddhist shrines throughout Thailand
5. Contributing towards the repair of a monastery
6. Giving food daily to the monks and giving food on holy days
7. Becoming a novice
8. Attending a temple on all holy days and obeying the eight precepts on these days
9. Obeying the five precepts at all times
Until I began working on this post, I was unfamiliar with this project that is located at 23 Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10703, U.S.A. Descriptions typically state that the actual building is a former monastery, but I see here that is is more specifically “a landmark 1921 neoRomanesque Roman Catholic convent in Yonkers, home to a cloistered order of sisters for more than seventy-five years.“
Basically: Issan House is located in a 55,000-square-foot facility and is co-located with the Greyston Maitri Adult Day Health Program, a larger supportive community-health program designed for people living with HIV.
The name “Issan” is a tribute to San Francisco Buddhist priest Issan Dorsey (born Tommy Dorsey in 1933 in Santa Barbara, Calif.). Dorsey founded a model of hospice for people dying of AIDS in 1987. He named the hospice “Maitri,” which is Sanskrit for “loving kindness” or “compassionate action.” Greyston’s Issan House and Maitri program honor Dorsey’s legacy.
A full description of the worthy project is in this four-page .pdf document Issan House (PDF).
The two paragraphs preceding the document were taken from here.
You may have noticed that although the physical Issan House is a former Catholic nunnery and now has a multidenominational chapel, an organization of Buddhists is very much responsible for its existence, as the mention of Issan Dorsey earlier should suggest — please refer to the Wikipedia article Zen Peacemakers for more on this.
Even if people couldn’t see the compassion what Issan was doing, most everyone trusted him enough to give money. Another friend of his bought the building next to our small Victorian house, and we bought back the lease.
Publish Date: 01/27/2012 20:37
How much would money would my wife need per month to live in a Thai village with her son?
My wife is living with me in the UK and her 6 yr old son is living with grandparents in Thailand. She might move back to Thailand as she wants to live with him.
She wont need money for rent as she has a house all paid for in a village 70 miles outside Khon Kaen. She will need money for clothes, food, schooling and so on. She probably wont work in Thailand.
I was thinking 15,000 baht per month?
Hi Archie, good question, the average wage in Issan is anything from 3000-6000 Baht per month.
Thais live relatively cheaply, a Thai Workman manages to maintain himself, wife & 2 children
on 6000 Baht per month (living the Thai way)
Your wife would be expected to have a better quality of life by herself & and all the other villagers
being as she is the wife of a farang.
10,000 Baht would be plenty for everything including school fees.
If she’s typically Thai she will consider the right amount would be as much as she can possibly wangle, but this is just the Thai way of thinking.
my house in issan 2011
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