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Subject Phlong(Karen) Plong,Karen,wrist tying ceremony,drinking boiled water,Buddhism,Central Thailand
Author Suraphong Kongchantuk
Title A Study of the Pwo Karen in Central Thailand: Buddhism and the traditions of wrist tying and drinking boiled water
Document Type Research Paper Original Language of Text Thai
Ethnic Identity Phlong, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Sino-Tibetan
Location of
Libraries of the Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre; Hilltribe Research Institute; Social Research Institute, Chiang Mai University Total Pages 66 Year 1987
Source Coordinating Group for Religion in Society

Originally the white thread group of Pwo Karen were animists and tree worshippers. Once they began to derive Buddhist influences from the Mon, some became yellow thread Saderng, while others abandoned the wrist tying ceremony altogether and adopted the tradition of drinking boiled water. Evidence of further attempts by the white thread group in Thailand to incorporate Buddhism into their faith include substituting worship of the jungle spirits for the guardian spirits of the household or Buddhist icons kept inside the house. Similar attempts to adapt to Buddhism by the yellow thread Saderng group include adopting the yellow thread the color of monks' robes, and praying to Buddhist icons or monks instead of the pagoda of Sao Saderng and the religious leader (jao wat). Meanwhile the group that ritually drinks boiled water has become less strict in their adherence to tradition; this loosening of traditional mores began when the group accepted liquor as a form of 'boiled water' therefore permissible to drink. The Karen that have converted to Christianity have abandoned both the wrist tying ceremony and the ritual of drinking boiled water. However, the majority of Karen are Buddhists (p. 65-66).

Text Analyst Duangjai Pichitnarongchai Date of Report Sep 14, 2012
TAG Phlong(Karen), wrist tying ceremony, drinking boiled water, Buddhism, Central Thailand, Translator -


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