This is Library is by no means finished, we just keep adding and changing. The contents are written by a "farang" with a sincere desire to educate but knowing we must also entertain; some information is therefore serious and other humorous based on my experience and reader donations and feedback....
Thai visual art was traditionally primarily Buddhist. Thai Buddha images from different periods have a number of distinctive styles. Contemporary Thai art often combines traditional Thai elements with modern techniques.
Literature in Thailand is heavily influenced by Indian culture. The most notable works of Thai literature are a version of the Ramayana called the Ramakien, written in part by Kings Rama I and Rama II, and the poetry of Sunthorn Phu.
There is no tradition of spoken drama in Thailand, the role instead being filled by Thai dance. This is divided into three categories- khon, lakhon and likay- khon being the most elaborate and likay the most populist. Nang drama, a form of shadow play, is found in the south.
General information on thai Buddhism including ......
o History, Buddha for each day with Pictures,
The terms for body parts and metaphorical use of these terms is an another aspect of the Thai cultural personality.
Thai language is the history of their religion believing all the elements in nature are governed by supernatural beings called "phii" and "jao".
the term "phii" comes to mean ghosts or bad spirits - see Superstition
The Traditional Thai Calendar System includes
The Nagasatra (Year Names) - Chantarakati Calendar (Lunar Calendar)
Calendar terminology - Buddhist names for days of the month - Western/Julian/Gregorian Calendar
A colour for each day? are the most important colours, and the ones that connect both the royal family and the gods of the planets.
"Politeness" is the only way or it's hit the highway ...... Jai Yen (Cool Heart) or Jai Dam (Black Heart)
One of the most distinctive Thai customs is the wai, which is similar to the Indian namaste gesture. Showing greeting, farewell, or acknowledgment, it comes in several forms reflecting the relative status of those involved, but generally it involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands and a bow of the head.
Physical demonstrations of affection in public are common between friends, but less so between lovers. It is thus common to see friends walking together holding hands, but couples rarely do so except in westernized areas.A notable social norm holds that touching someone on the head may be considered rude. It is also considered rude to place one's feet at a level above someone else's head, especially if that person is of higher social standing. This is because the Thai people consider the foot to be the dirtiest and fattest part of the body, and the head the most respected and highest part of the body. This also influences how Thais sit when on the ground -- their feet always pointing away from others, tucked to the side or behind them. Pointing at or touching something with the feet is also considered rude. It is also considered extremely rude to step on a Thai coin, because the king's head appears on the coin. When sitting in a temple, one is expected to point one's feet away from images of the Buddha. Shrines inside Thai residences are arranged so as to ensure that the feet are not pointed towards the religious icons -- such as placing the shrine on the same wall as the head of a bed, if a house is too small then remove the shrine from the bedroom entirely.
It is also customary to remove one's footwear before entering a home or a temple, and not to step on the threshold. There are a number of Thai customs relating to the special status of monks in Thai society. Because of their religious discipline, Thai monks are forbidden physical contact with women.
Women are therefore expected to make way for passing monks to ensure that accidental contact does not occur. A variety of methods are employed to ensure that no incidental contact (or the appearance of such contact) between women and monks occurs. Women making offerings to monks place their donation at the feet of the monk, or on a cloth laid on the ground or a table. Powders or unguents intended to carry a blessing are applied to Thai women by monks using the end of a candle or stick. Lay people are expected to sit or stand with their heads at a lower level than that of a monk. Within a temple, monks may sit on a raised platform during ceremonies to make this easier to achieve.
These are four traditional Thai dances(รำ 4 ภาค). They're similar to Lao and Cambodian(Khmer) dances.
Goes by order: Northern dance(Tai-Yuan, Lanna, Chiang Mai), Southern dance (Tai-Dambro), Northeast dance (Tai-Lao, Isan, Lan Xang), and Central dance (Tai-Syam/Siamese).
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Thai Style - you don't take care yourself - you "share", "politeness" is a must!
With its ethnic and cultural diversity, Thailand has a kaleidoscope of festivals up and down the country to attract the traveler.
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It is beyond any doubt that food is a part of any gathering, thus, becoming the part of social occasions or itself the reason to celebrate. Normally, as per the western culture, a normal meal in any restaurant consists of starter, main course and then dessert. But in Thailand, the custom is bit different with regard to Thailand food, as there is no single dish for a single person. As a general, all present in a gathering share the same dish together. So, it’s better to have many guests together around the table than to enjoy with one or two as eating alone is considered a bad luck in the country visit Thai Food Recipes and Fruit this includes links food and recipes by region (North, Central, East and South)
One of the good things about Thai food is that they never dispose away the leftover food, as they consider it inauspicious and an enraging act to a female deity, ‘God of rice’. Generally there are four seasonings in Thailand food- sweet, sour, salty and spicy. The food is satisfied only if it contains all the four tastes. Thai dinner mostly include meat, fish, noodles, vegetables and soup followed by desserts including fresh fruits and colorful rice cakes. Besides meals, there are snackers consisting of chicken or beef satay, spring rolls, salads, raw vegetable with spicy dips and sweet. Please view Thai Street Food or Eating Etiquette
Traditionally funerals last for a week. Crying is discouraged during the funeral, so as not to worry the spirit of the deceased. Many activities surrounding the funeral are intended to make merit for the deceased. Copies of Buddhist scriptures may be printed and distributed in the name of the deceased, and gifts are usually given to a local temple. Monks are invited to chant prayers that are intended to provide merit for the deceased, as well as to provide protection against the possibility of the dead relative returning as a malicious spirit. A picture of the deceased from his/her best days will often be displayed next to the coffin. Often, a thread is connected to the corpse or coffin which is held by the chanting monks during their recitation; this thread is intended to transfer the merit of the monks' recitation to the deceased. The corpse is cremated, and the urn with the ash is usually kept in a chedi in the local temple. The Chinese minority however buries the deceased. West culture too.
Thailand is Muang Tai "land of the Free" or Pratet Tai "free Kingdom"
Thailand Ladyboys As they say "Up to You" (lae doo khun)
be warned Thai Love is unique, includes links (at the bottom of the page) to "Heart Culture" (it''s their Language), Marriage, Family, Society, Dating in Thailand (Cultral conflicts) Ladyboys
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One of the most common words you should desire .. it's about Objections and conflicts are to be avoided at all cost.
No! it's not "Game over" it's "special" ceremonies, astrological advice, prays, chants, Precepts
The Dowry, known as "Sin Sodt"
Boxing is a major sport of Thai Culture - see listing under Sport
Mystical Thai magazine brings news from the world of the mystical events, lifestyle and miracle events in Thailand. It will take you on an adventure to the world of precious amulets, venerable monks, events, cultural, rituals and more.
Thais universally have one, or occasionally more, short nicknames (Thai: ชึ่อเล่น play-name) that they use with friends and family. Often first given by friends or an older family member, these nicknames are typically one syllable (or worn down from two syllables to one). Though they may be simply shortened versions of a full name, they quite frequently have no relation to the Thai’s full name and are often humorous and/or nonsense words. Traditionally call-names would be after things with low value, eg 'dirt', which was to convince bad spirits that the child was not worth their attention. Some common nicknames (the non-nonsense ones, anyway) would translate into English as fatty, pig, little one, frog, banana, green, or girl/boy.
Though rare, sometimes Thai children are given nicknames after the order they were born into the family (i.e. one, two, three, etc.). Nicknames are useful because official Thai names are often long, particularly among Thais of Chinese descent, whose lengthy names stem from an attempt to translate Chinese names into Thai equivalents, or among Thai with similarly lengthy Sanskrit derived names.
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It's quite apparent that Thais' are more inclined to play than to work or that they mix work with play.
Traditional Thai New Year. Songkran Festival is celebrated over 5 days from April 13th. It is the hottest time of the year. The day typically begins with merit making offering food to the monks and paying homage to one's elders, family and friends. Songkran is always associated with water as a symbol of cleansing and renewal. The Blessing ranges from respectful puring with scented water to the drenching of everyone in sight....... for more - see the link on Festivals
Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is probably the most popular spectator sport in Thailand. The other main indigenous sport is takraw, which is similar to volleyball, but played with the feet and a light rattan ball. There are several versions of the game with differing rules.
There is a Swan Boat circuit where the villages field teams compete. The International invitational race is usually in November.
Egg rolling once enjoyed national-pastime status, but famine and egg shortages around the middle of the last century caused it to retreat to rural villages, where it is still practised with traditional vigour.
Means Beautful, The word can be spelt Suai or Suway or Sooay means Beautiful
Thailand Tattoos ... Thai word for tattoo is "suk" ..
Thai tattoos are "Amazing",
diverse and rich in the culture...
"tam or tum boon", the giving of Merited, reference in section under "Bun (Boon) and Baap" meaning "Credit and Debit"
Toilets in Thailand - see Bathroom Basics
is it Metric or Thai ? .... maybe haa sip haa sip (50 50) .. check before Travelling