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Once a year, a big ritual (งานปีไหว้ครูบาอาจารย์) is celebrated with
abundant offerings and gathering of spirit mediums.
The house of a Spirit Medium can feature an impressive altar with
statues, garlands, big candles...
Big loudspeakers are diffusing Indian music or local
Like any Buddhist rituals, local people help each other to prepare the food.
The food is paid by one or several sponsors
Preparing food is done by women and the atmosphere is very cheerful.
The food is prepared outside under an outdoor roof covered
Delicious Thai dishes are under preparation.
Food will be offered for free to the various participants
to Spirit Medium rituals.
Thanks to the noisy loudspeakers, nobody in the village can ignore the coming
Spirit Medium ritual.
The first day is mainly the preparation of food and various
The first day is almost over. At evening time, people are gathering and chatting.
Such kind of events is always an opportunity for local community gathering.
Some fluorescent neons in the village indicate the way to the Spirit Medium ritual.
Inside the Spirit Medium house, an impressive altar with
statues, garlands, big candles can be seen.
The altar is located in a special room separated from the other
This altar is called หิ้งบูชา ("HING BUCHA" - worship shelf)
or โต๊ะครู ("TO KRU" - table for the teacher spirit).
These elaborate shelves feature many deities including the Buddha
statue at the top shelf.
Images or statues of famous monks are arranged and placed on the second level from the top,
one shelf below the image of Buddha.
Indian deities should be one level below the Budddha image
and Buddhist monks. Chinese deities such as Guanyin should even be one shelf lower.
Royal spirits such as former kings or local guardian and other spirits
(เจ้าพ่อ, เจ้าแม่) are
at the same level as Chinese deities. Flowers are located on the floor.