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Welkom Goeie Fortune by die Vegetariese Festival

Gepubliseer by Daniel Cummings, Writer

Land: Thailand

Die ervaring

You'd have to be a pretty avid meat-eater to associate vegetarianism with acts of self-mutilation. Either that or you'd have to be at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, known as Kin Jay to the locals. During the first nine days of the ninth lunar month, the local Chinese community congregate to eat vegetarian dishes and preform astonishing displays of ritual purification to their gods. Entranced in worship, devotees of the Vegetarian Festival known as Ma Song, will invite the gods into their bodies. By channeling supernatural powers and performing acts of self torture, the participants try to shift evil from individuals to themselves, and usher in good fortune for the community. The Ma Song show off their powers by climbing ladders with bladed rungs, puncturing their cheeks and tongues with skewers and knives, and walking on burning coals. These more extreme participants of the Vegetarian Festival perform such acts when they have been chosen by God for good moral character, or if they have had a signal of misfortune in their future and wish to extend their life. Witnessing such an event can sometimes be hard to handle as the Ma Song thrust spikes, spears, axes and other unlikely objects through their cheeks to scare away demons. They claim to feel no pain due to the trance they are in and rarely bleed, but for those with a weak stomach the Vegetarian Festival might not be for you. Other members of the community participate in the Vegetarian Festival by chanting at temples, abstaining from meat, sex, alcohol, and tobacco, and bringing their household idols out for blessings. According to legend, in ancient times a Chinese opera troupe fell ill while traveling in Thailand, likely from malaria. By fasting from meat and performing various rituals, they were healed, and the Vegetarian Festival has been a highlight of the local Chinese community's calendar ever since. Throughout the festival there is constant celebration to be taken in with several displays of fireworks, music, rituals and eating! It is quite a sight to see and hear for that matter, as it is believed the louder the celebration the better, as the noise drives away evils spirits.

Wanneer wil jy gaante Vegetariese Festival Phuket

Die Vegetariese Festival val op die eerste nege dae van die negende maan maand, wat gewoonlik val in September of Oktober. Terwyl die Vegetariese Festival is waargeneem in baie plekke, die grootste viering gebeur in Phuket, waar 35% van die bevolking is etniese Chinese. As jy wil vlieg van Bangkok daar is baie klein draers bedryfstelsel nie frills vlug teen koerse wat is verbasend goedkoop. Andersins sal die baie reis agente in elke backpacker gebied die kombinasie van busse en bote reel om jou daar te kry.

Odds n 'Ends

Die volgende is die reëls wat aanhangers waarneem tydens die Vegetariese Festival:

1. Netheid van liggame tydens die fees
2. Skoon kombuis gereedskap en gebruik dit afsonderlik van dié wat nie aan die fees deelneem
3. Dra wit tydens die fees
4. Gedra fisies en geestelik
5. Geen vleis eet
6. Geen seks
7. Geen alkoholiese drank
8. Mense by die rou periode nie woon die fees
9. Swanger vroue behoort nie wakker word nie 'n ritueel
10. Vroue wat menstrueer moet nie woon die ritueel

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