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I wanted to upload the last few photographs in my series on the Ghost Festival of Loie , in the mountains of the Northeast of Thailand. For two days and nights this little community acts out it's traditional festival of masks and ghosts. There are two sorts of spirit presented. Pee Lek, or small ghosts who are the spirits of the place and Pee Yai, or great spirits who represent the great forces. These are presented as male and female spirits and dance through the streets of the town. The right is a fertility rite and , as always, is a little bawdy.The sexual organs of the spirits are show clearly. This is not considered shocking in the context of this culture and even he children play along.After a wild dance through the town the images are placed, as here, in the grounds of the temple.

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Additional Photos by kevin o'sheehan (kevinos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 173 N: 1802] (7517)
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