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Subject Phlong(Karen) ,Rituals,Beliefs,New Year Festival,Ratchburi
Author Sirin Luelamai
Title Religious Beliefs of Karen: A Case Study of Karen’s New Year Festival in Wat Chang Jareon,Amphoe Wat Pleng,Ratchburi Province
Document Type Research Paper Original Language of Text Thai
Ethnic Identity Phlong, Language and Linguistic Affiliations Sino-Tibetan
Location of
Sirindhorn Anthropology Center Library Total Pages 166 Year 1997
Source Office of National Culture Commission, Ministry of Education

The Karen originally worshiped spirits because of a fear of supernatural phenomena. They also believe that the spirit can see them in every step and they will be punished by the spirit with illness and disasters to their crops and farms. This leads to taboos which is a trick for controlling the society and the ensure that the Karen do not have offensive behaviour. A factor converting the Karen in Ratchburi and Kanchanaburi cultural zone to Buddhism is when Chao Athikarn Nuam, a former abbot of Wat Chang Jareon, Amphoe Wat Pleng, Ratchburi Province, hiked into the Karen village and the head of the Karen tried to test the efficacy of the talisman versus Chao Athikarn Nuam. Finally, the head of the village surrendered and converted to Buddhism. However, the villagers still maintain the belief of the spirit. They reluctantly acquiesce in Buddhism among their families, kinships and ethnic group, both in Ratchburi and Kanchanaburi. Wat Chan Jareon is a center of hearts and minds. Nowadays, the Karen go to Wat Chang Jareon in order to make a merit and join a parade of Chao Luang Por Nuam’s statue. They also ordain to be novices or stay in the temple in order to make a votive offering. Furthermore, they pour water on the present abbot, who is a representative of the former abbot, to worship. As long as, a new generation of the Karen believe that making a vow with the abbot can satisfy their needs; these beliefs and rituals are still the main factor for maintaining the Karen’ New Year festival for a long time.

Text Analyst Panadda Pinkaew Date of Report Sep 14, 2012
TAG Phlong(Karen), Rituals, Beliefs, New Year Festival, Ratchburi, Translator -


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