Results 1 to 2 of 2
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    23,192
    Thanks
    2,014
    Thanked 1,747 Times in 1,179 Posts

    Royal Ploughing Ceremony: Good harvest, abundant food predicted

    Good harvest, abundant food predicted
    Published: 13/05/2011 at 12:35 PM
    Online news:

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	30155382-06.jpg 
Views:	4 
Size:	68.2 KB 
ID:	14612
    (Picture from The Nation)

    Bountiful rice yields, an abundance of food and a fair amount of water were predicted for the coming crop year by soothsayers at the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang on Friday.

    The ancient ceremony, which has been performed since the Sukhothai period some 700 years ago, was held this morning to mark the beginning of the traditional rice planting season and boost the morale of farmers.

    On behalf of His Majesty the King, HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the ceremony, accompanied by His Royal Consort HRH Princess Srirasmi, and HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha.

    Two sacred white oxen, named Phra Ko Fah and Phra Ko Sai, were taken to plough the ceremonial ground at Sanam Luang, herded by agriculture and cooperatives permanent secretary Chalermporn Pirunsarn.

    Dressed as a Brahmin god, Mr Chalermporn served in the ceremony as Lord of the Plough, or Phraya Raek Na.

    Mr Chalermpol's choice of a piece of cloth led to a prediction that there would be a fair amount of water, bountiful rice yields and an abundance of food.

    The oxen were each then offered seven bowls of food and their choices were used to make the predictions.

    The seven dishes were grass, paddy, maize, sesame seeds, soy bean, water and liquor.

    The oxen ate grass, giving a forecast that the country would enjoy an average water supply, plentiful rice yields, and an abundance of fruits and staple foods this year.

    The oxen also drank liquor, giving a prediction that communications would be convenient, foreign trade would flourish, and the economy would prosper.

    At the ceremony, rewards were presented to outstanding farmers, agricultural organisations, cooperatives, and farming scholars.

    BANGKOK POST
    Last edited by Khun Don; 14-05-11 at 03:56 AM.
    "There is no such thing as totally useless information"

    Bookshop: Our own bookshop
    News and Photos:Thailand Scribe​ | ​Thai Photo Blogs​ | Thai Travel News​
    Online Guidebooks:​ThailandGuidebook.com | ​BangkokGuidebook.com | ​Bangkok-Daytrips.com | ​ChiangmaiGuidebook.com

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    global village :0)
    Posts
    2,643
    Thanks
    1,358
    Thanked 601 Times in 462 Posts

    Re: Royal Ploughing Ceremony: Good harvest, abundant food predicted

    Good omen for Thailand... cheers... Although I do wonder how the oxen acquired a taste for liquor!
    Sleep, little one, close your eyes, mother will sing you a lullaby... Sleep in a jewel cradle, sleep, mother will rock you.
    If you don't sleep the midges will go for your eyes and pollen will fall on the cradle....Sleep, close your eyes...
    - Isaan folksong, from "The Price of a Life" (Onkom, 1997)

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •