Khon Kaen Province Rice Tradition (Boon Khoa Sak)

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Abstract

This aim of this paper was to study the belief of rice tradition (Boon Khoa Sak) and the stages of the rice tradition ceremony in relation to the lifestyle of Khon Kaen residents.

Based on the study of the belief related to the rice tradition ceremony, the ceremony is normally taken place on the full moon day of September each year. It is the tradition the Isan people usually conduct meritorious deeds to dedicate merit to those who already passed away because of their belief that the ancestor ghosts are hungry and waiting for a part of merit gained from this ceremony. Therefore, Isan people participate in the ceremony with faith to offer the requisites to the Sangha (monks and novices) and dedicate the merit to the dead and hungry ghosts with the belief that this merit will help them to gain happiness and attain nirvana in the future.

The relationship between the rice tradition and Khon Kaen residents’ lifestyle can be categorized into two groups: namely, relationship between the tradition and personal lifestyle viz. participation in the ceremony is a part of the family, relative and village activities; relationship between the tradition and social lifestyle as it is the activity of the society, economy and environment. In term of belief and ritual, the related persons believe that participating in the ceremony is the way to express their gratitude towards their ancestors and the rice field protective ghost (Phee Ta Haek); and to obtain happiness and merit.

 

Keywords: tradition, rice tradition, Khon Kaen


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