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The Candle Worship

The Candle Worship ritual protects, removes misfortune, and guards against danger according to the Shan. Lighting the candle, very familiar for Buddhists, brings luck and long life. For Buddhists, the candle symbolizes Buddha’s teaching; therefore, candles have been employed for many, many years in ceremonies. The villagers make the candles by using real wax from …

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Art Perfomance

Gingala (Bird Dance) This dance is performed at festivals, on important occasions like the welcoming of guests or official foreign visitors, at the end of the Buddhist Lent day, and other traditional celebrations. The artistic performance of the Gingala imitates a bird. The dancers will tease each other and join together in the rhythm dancing …

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Food

Local Foods Cooking habits differ from the other regions in Northern Thailand.  The Shan have their own culture and culinary practices, especially in eating rice.  The Shan will not consume sticky rice for their main diet; however, they will consume cooked rice, a tradition from the past. Chili sauce is an important food of the …

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Agriculture

The most mountainous region in Thailand is the Mae Hong Son province; it is comprised 90% by high, mature mountains. Though only 10% plains are plains, the primary occupation for most people is agriculture, such as growing rice, garlic, onion, soybean, sesame, fruit, other crops, and raising livestock. Most people’s income comes from selling agricultural …

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