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Temple consecration

A timetable sample is as below:

Monks gathering
Many monks from the surrounding monasteries come to gather to this temple consecration. An eminent and old monk is narrating a Buddhist sermon.
Monks gathering

Thai people offer monks robe and donate them to the temple. After a few prayers, blessings by monks and walk three times around the "BOT", Thai people go inside the "BOT". Shoes are removed before entering the "BOT".

On the last day, many Thai people visit the temple to offer robes to the monks and so do good deeds ("THAM BUN" - ทำบุญ) towards the monks community.
good deeds
Good deeds
NANG FA
These young ladies are called นางฟ้า or "NANG FA". One young lady has to present near each sacred marker sphere during the cutting thread ceremony.
NANG FA
The abbot has blessed the nine sacred marker spheres. He makes holy each sphere and narrates a few auspicious sentences.
Blessing sacred marker spheres
Blessing sacred marker spheres
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In front of each boundary stones, there is a whole Thai family. The family has made a donation to the temple and will be responsible to cut the sacred white thread holding the sphere.
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The family head is holding a sacred knife enveloped inside a holy cloth. Many drawings or "YAN" (ยันต์) cover the cloth. These drawings are representing religious mystical symbols to protect objetcs from ghosts and bad spirits.

Such temple consecration happens only once, so it is an important holy event to assist. All the surrounding villages inhabitants are present.
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Auspicious time
When the auspicious time happens, each family head is cutting the sacred white thread and the sphere falls into the hole. This ceremony is called "TAT WAI LUK NIMIT" (ตัตหวายลูกนิมิด).
Auspicious time
Suddently, all Thai people grab the sacred white threads that cover the Buddhist temple. In a few minutes all threads are removed.
Grab sacred white thread
Grab sacred white thread
Grab sacred white thread
As many Buddhist ceremonies have happened during the week, these white threads are supposed to be highly sacred, so everybody wants to bring some in their home to have luck.
Grab sacred white thread

So on the last day, during a Buddhist ceremony, sacred marker spheres are dropped in their hole. The hole is then covered with the bounding stone.



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