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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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