"Expect Something Different"

Thai devotees to the ancient ritual of Sak Yant gather with others to participate in a Wai Kru ceremony at Wat Tap Chom Porn.  Devotees gathered at the feet of a master where they donned a Ruesi mask and received blessings.  The masks are interpretation of the head dress of an ancient hermit sage, what many westerners would call a Òwizard.  More than 1,000 devotees gathers at the Nakon Sawan temple to attend the ceremonies.  Sak Yant also involves ancient Khmer tattoos.
Thai devotees to the ancient ritual of Sak Yant gather with others to participate in a Wai Kru ceremony at Wat Tap Chom Porn.  Devotees gathered at the feet of a master where they donned a Ruesi mask and received blessings.  The masks are interpretation of the head dress of an ancient hermit sage, what many westerners would call a “wizard.  More than 1,000 devotees gathers at the Nakon Sawan temple to attend the ceremonies.  Sak Yant also involves ancient Khmer tattoos.

Sak Yant in Nakhon Sawan

Hundreds of Thais gather at Wat Tum Chum Pom to participate in Sak Yant ceremonies as part of an ancient tradition where devotees ask for protection and good fortune from sacred masters.

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  • Thai rocketeets cheer the launch of their home made rocket during festivities at rocket festival.  The annual event is a merit making ceremony where farmer shoot home made rockets into the sky seeking approval from the gods and rain for their soon to be planted rice crop.Thai rocketeets cheer the launch of their home made rocket during festivities at rocket festival.  The annual event is a merit making ceremony where farmer shoot home made rockets into the sky seeking approval from the gods and rain for their soon to be planted rice crop.

    Thailand Rocket Festival 2015

    Each May Yasothon, Thailand comes alive with the launching of home made rockets.

  • Ceremonies take place for Makha Bucha at Wat Dhammakaya near Bangkok. Makha Bucha, sometimes spelled Magha Puja, is one of the most important dates in the Buddhist calendar. Thailand's Anti-Money Laundering Office has launched an investigation into Wat Dhammakaya's former abbot and other senior monks on allegations of money laundering.Ceremonies take place for Makha Bucha at Wat Dhammakaya near Bangkok. Makha Bucha, sometimes spelled Magha Puja, is one of the most important dates in the Buddhist calendar. Thailand's Anti-Money Laundering Office has launched an investigation into Wat Dhammakaya's former abbot and other senior monks on allegations of money laundering.

    Spaceship Temple of Bangkok

    It looks just like an alien spaceship has landed in Bangkok

  • Thais and others gather to offer food and prayers during Thailand's National Elephant Day.  According to officials there are about 3000 to 4000 elephants living in Thailand today with half of those being wild in national parks.Thais and others gather to offer food and prayers during Thailand's National Elephant Day.  According to officials there are about 3000 to 4000 elephants living in Thailand today with half of those being wild in national parks.

    Elephants, Umbrellas and Mahouts

    A gallery of images from northern Thailand.

  • A Myanmar day laborer smokes a homemade cigarette during a break from carrying  40 plus kilogram baskets of river gravel.  Each worker is paid around 4 cents per basket.  Demand for construction supplies has increased as Myanmar opens to the world.A Myanmar day laborer smokes a homemade cigarette during a break from carrying  40 plus kilogram baskets of river gravel.  Each worker is paid around 4 cents per basket.  Demand for construction supplies has increased as Myanmar opens to the world.

    Labor in Myanmar

    The working poor of Myanmar

  • Devotees to the ancient art of "Sak Yant" gather at Wat Bang Pra for a ceremony called "Wai Kru" to have their sacred tattoos re-engergized by tattoo masters.  The event draw huge crowds as devotees after being tattooed return outside to an area where they soon become entranced hurling themselves onto a stage where a statue to their master sits.Devotees to the ancient art of "Sak Yant" gather at Wat Bang Pra for a ceremony called "Wai Kru" to have their sacred tattoos re-engergized by tattoo masters.  The event draw huge crowds as devotees after being tattooed return outside to an area where they soon become entranced hurling themselves onto a stage where a statue to their master sits.

    Thailand Tattoo Madness

    Devotees to the ancient art of "Sak Yant" gather at Wat Bang Pra for a ceremony called "Wai Kru" to have their sacred tattoos re-engergized by tattoo masters.

  • Devotees of Thailand's Wat Bang Pra work themselves into a trance called "Klong Khuen" while attending a festival called "Wai Kru" near Nakhon Chai Si on Saturday, March 26, 2013.  Devotees have their tattoo's energized by tattoo masters and Buddhist monks.  Most devotees believe that the tattoos are magic and protect them against such things as bullets and knives.Devotees of Thailand's Wat Bang Pra work themselves into a trance called "Klong Khuen" while attending a festival called "Wai Kru" near Nakhon Chai Si on Saturday, March 26, 2013.  Devotees have their tattoo's energized by tattoo masters and Buddhist monks.  Most devotees believe that the tattoos are magic and protect them against such things as bullets and knives.

    Thailand Tattoo Madness 2013 B&W

    Devotees works themselves into a trace before going wild at Thailand's Tattoo Festival

  • Thai farmers plant rice near Phrae, Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.  Thailand is one of the world's largest exporters of rice but today according to news reports faces a crisis in the rice industry with millions of tons of rice that no one wants.  The government won election a year ago by promising to pay farmers double the market level at the time for their rice, a policy designed to help the poor.  But today that plan is in question as grain has become so expensive that buyers are hard to find.Thai farmers plant rice near Phrae, Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.  Thailand is one of the world's largest exporters of rice but today according to news reports faces a crisis in the rice industry with millions of tons of rice that no one wants.  The government won election a year ago by promising to pay farmers double the market level at the time for their rice, a policy designed to help the poor.  But today that plan is in question as grain has become so expensive that buyers are hard to find.

    "Rice is Life"

    While Thailand endures its 19 coup, life in the coutryside goes on. As the monsoon season arrives the annual planting of rice begins in what can only be describe as an endless cycle of life. A collection of images from northern Thailand shot in 2012.


 

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