As I continue my journey through the many Layers of Thailand , I come across events that I have not seen or photographed. Such was the case recently in Nakhon Sawan during a “Wai Kru” ceremony at Wat Tup Chum Pon. Having photographed numerous gathers in Wat Bang Pra in Nakhon Chasi, you can see gallerys of both still and video at links below, I was not sure what I would encounter when a friend told me of event. After we arrived L learned that there would be no tattooing done that day and while there were many people there a several Buddhist monks I was not sure if I would even stay. All the other “Wai Kru” events I had attended were about tattooing. But I met some interesting people and decided that since I had made the journey from Bangkok, a three hour drive, I might as well stick around. I was surprised at the ceremony where Sak Yant masters held Ruesi Mask and chanted as they lowered it over the head of praying devotees.
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 as I have said also involves ancient Khmer tattoos. The images and the ceremony were amazing, I plan to attend more of these as they come up.
When I was a wire service photographer I was always fighting a deadline. Now it seems as a retired wire service photographer I can loose that notion of having to file quickly and just stay as long as I want. This past week was one of those days. See the images here
other Sak Yant gallerys listed below