Soul prayer ritual of the Thai

Soul prayer ritual of the Thai The Thai in Vietnam’s northwestern region pray for the souls of sick people, new born babies, people traveling far from home, and new daughters-in-law to wish them good health, safety, and happiness. The prayer inspires these persons to overcome challenges in their lives. Thai people are the object of at least two soul rituals in their lives. A soul ritual calls the soul of a sick person to cling to their body and return home with them and their family. Then the soul will not wander among forests, mountains, abd streams, and attract dangerous animals. Prayers for newly-wed girl wish good things for her before she goes to her in-laws house. Parents hold a soul ritual to inform their house’s ghosts about their new-born baby. At the New Year celebration, grandparents prepare a couple of chickens and pray for their children’s good health and safe travel through mountains and forests. When an old person is close to death, a soul ritual helps guide his soul to his ancestors. A shaman, a person believed to have the superpower to contact the spiritual world, hosts the soul ritual. He has a bag which contains clothing of the prayed-for person, a boiled egg, and a grilled fish, and holds a fish net and a cluster of arm-length laths. He sits at the bottom of the stairs and reads a prayer to call the person’s soul. Quang Van Oai of Phang hamlet, Dien Bien province, said, “Our ancestors… [Read full story]


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