In Loei, the village of Dan Sai, in the mountains on the border with Laos, the festival of Pi Ta Khon, takes place every year, before the monsoon. The spirits are called up and enter into the bodies of the dancers, who dance through the village for a night and a day. As well as the famous masked dancers they are also mud dancers; men who cover themselves with mud as a sign of fertility (mud being water and soil mixed) and dance to call on the monsoon rains to come. This man is leading one of these mud men groups
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Buin (42460) 2008-08-21 8:59
Very interesting, a totally different world. These people are much more nearer to nature than we in the "western" hemispere".
A not everyday photo indeed! thanl you for showing and the note!
Greetings from Germany!
pcp (3396) 2008-08-21 9:00
Wonderful shot and nice POV. I like you note.. to tell the story beyond. well done my friend.
PaulVDV (27882) 2008-08-21 10:44
Very beautiful close-up of this dancer. It's clear that he's covered with mud. How does a spectator of these dances go home afterwards ? Full of mud ? :)
Best regards, Paul
Morac (27723) 2008-08-21 11:26
New photo and instructive new note on these traditions before the monsoon.
chirasak (2) 2008-08-22 2:49
Sawaddee krap Ajarn
nice portrait but i think you should avoid that shadow on his face and maybe you need more blur back ground
but it is nice picture anyway TFS
jhm (150858) 2008-08-25 4:58
This is a very specially picture with this man as subject.
These people are much more nearer to nature than we here, very well presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-08-26 23:34
They are interesting what I see and learn in from your pictures for the festivals and the way that think and are expressed the persons in the world! Believes attributed here a moment with very clarity and POV
- Copyright: kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) (7517)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-10-06
- Categories: Festivals
- Camera: Canon digital EOS 40D
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): The Ghost Festival of Loei [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-08-21 8:45