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    Re: The Emu story.

    Great to read the updates on your house building. Nice things to keep in mind when I finally decided to go that route.

    Been circling around your area the past couple of weeks. Am in Surin now and was up in Ubon just before Christmas. Got a good electrician? Try and make sure the light switches are in the same room as they control and not behind thedoor when you enter! Hahaha, coppers not that expensive!

    Happy New Year and good luck!
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    Thanks for the tip bassai. I'm sure I will explain it clearly, and something different will happen. People we need just seem to pop up, because everyone knows someone. We have a brickie coming back from Bangkok when we are ready. But a sparky will be a different thing. I want everything earthed with appropriate circuit breakers. No compromises (maybe) haha. Cheers mate.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    Quote Originally Posted by emu View Post
    First, a couple of the wifes' photos of the footings, and the ceremony to ok the build. She was given dates a month ago for ideal dates to start. Even though we didn't use those days, the ceremony did. and all is well.

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    I have been meaning to ask about the ceremony you mentioned above. What is it about and how's it done? Will appreciate more details.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    I have just updated the spreadsheet with the recent expenses.

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    After removing the purchase price and original fill, We have spent so far, 466 894 baht. Or 16 099 Aud. Bear in mind, we already have roof steel, roof tiles, and accessories, and blocks on site.

    Marie, These guys at the village come to officiate at these types of ceremonies. We had them at elder sons release from the airforce, and at the other sons wedding. I'm sorry, I don't know their title. But, they did give Mrs Emu the optimum dates to start building 6 weeks ago. This was one of those days.

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    In the first pic, you will see a variety of the things they use in daily life. Rice, betel nut and the leaves they use with it. Many of the other foods and drinks are important to them also. I hope a thai buddhist may be able to enlighten us more here. In the second pic, you can see the string, which is used in so many ceremonies. Funerals, weddings, etc. I wasn't there when this one took place Marie, so I can only speculate.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    For sure one of the ceremonies certainly would have been to placate the "spirit of the land" and to establish the correct place to locate the spirit house for it and the property.

    http://www.chiangmai-chiangrai.com/spirit_house.html

    http://www.thaiworldview.com/bouddha/animism2.htm

    http://www.kidcyber.com.au/topics/thaispirithou.htm

    http://backdoorpath.com/spirit-houses-in-thailand/

    http://spirithouses-shrines.ucdavis..../thailand.html

    (Each of these links adds something new)

    In short:

    "Spirit houses show respect for the spirits of the land. People must care for the spirits of the land, because the spirits are believed to protect people, grant their wishes, and bring them good luck and good health. In exchange, the spirits are given shelter, foods and gifts. Many Thai people believe that each and every place has a local spirit or guardian, and the spirit possesses saksit,or a special power."

    http://spirithouses-shrines.ucdavis..../thailand.html


    These spirits consequently are never to be offended.
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    Thank you for the links Don. I wasn't aware of the colour significance. The sons baby was sick, and they built this small structure behind the house for her. No one told me about it until I saw it and asked.

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    Thank you-this idea of building a spirit shrine for sickness is something new to me. Not sure if it is for the land spirit, though, as it is obviously overshadowed by the house-a fundamental error in establishing a spirit house for a land spirit!
    Curious.

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    Does anyone know where the large spirit house for the city of Bangkok is located? I saw two references to it in Khun Don's links, but no mention of location or name. Senor Google could not help me either.

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    Re: The Emu story.

    Quote Originally Posted by Susana View Post
    Does anyone know where the large spirit house for the city of Bangkok is located? I saw two references to it in Khun Don's links, but no mention of location or name. Senor Google could not help me either.
    I believe it is the pavilion in the Grand Palace complex which house the city pillars for Bangkok and Thonburi. Maybe someone else could confirm or deny this?

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