Wednesday, 7 March 2018
A slice of 'real Thailand' Part 2.
But, as is often the case, the people in the village were a lot more friendlier than here in Phuket where everyone is hurtling around in the pursuit of money and the Western Tourist is often regarded as a target to be exploited.
I have to say that without the help of a Thai partner, everything would cost a good deal more for me!
David's wife is called Gai. Gai's family own quite a bit of land scattered around this village.
Gai's father likes to live on his own now. We went to see his house that he built and the land he lives on. He ha no electricity...he doesn't want any....and he lives a peaceful life which is very much in harmony with nature. He gets up just before dawn breaks and goes to bed early. (It is dark in Thailand by 7 pm). He has no TV and prefers to listen to the radio in the evening before sleeping.
Here is a rice PADI field prior to planting. Much of the area is very flat with few trees and not much greenery at this time of the year....but soon the rainy season will arrive (next month, April) and the landscape will change becoming a brilliant green in colour as the fields burst into life with rice starting to grow.
There's a small pond in the background....and it's full of fish.
Little Akeelaa is chewing on a bit of sugar cane that Kannika chopped down and prepared for her.
Aaahhh...such are the complexities of families, eh??
We enjoyed a family dinner with four of Gai's six sisters and their families and thier children. Crikey....it is ALL about family here once you move out into the country.
The river has fish in it and is punctuated by the bright pink colours of the water lilies growing in various places along its banks and in the shallows in the middle.
It offers a spacious and shaded work area which is not too far from home. Often animals are kept here especially chickens.
He is indeed a fiercely independent man although every morning he visits his daughter for breakfast and is long gone by the time his son-in-law manages to arise!!
Before the bands started up the gathering audience were treated to a sever rollocking by the village elders (13 of them) and the Village Headman. I mean...it was a SERIOUS bollocking.
I asked Kannika what it was all about and she explained that the elders were warning the people that if they dared to get drunk and started fighting their life wouldn't be worth living for the next year. Any drunken brawling was to be done outside the Temple Grounds....anyone scrapping inside the Temple area would suffer a lifetime of torment in Hell and there were lot of full size depictions of Hell in the Temple's artwork...and it didn't look nice.
For example, those who drank to excess would be force fed boiling water so that their mouths, tongues, throats, stomachs and anything else would be terribly burned. And then that would be repeated...again and again and again and.......
Mmmmm...family life...within an extremely strict code of behaviour with the Head Hochos keeping a firm eye on you!!! Ah...those were the days...