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A family of spirits dancers waits in the gathering gloom beside the Muan River, in Dan Sai., a remote village in the mountains of Loie, on the boarder with Laos. In their annual festival, Pi Ta Khon (Spirits through the eyes of men). The dancers become inhabited by the spirits and dance and romp through the streets for a day and a night.
They are waiting for the powerful spirit medium, the Jow Paw Duan, to lead the ceremony calling up the spirits to enter the village. This ceremony is performed here on the river bank.. I suspect that this is a father with his two sons, the youngest, too young to take part, but still wanting to come along. This is one of the many ancient Laotian fertility festivals, but here in this village it has taken a special form with their tradition of ghost masks and spirit dances.

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