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Northern Thai Cultural Training

Northern Thai Culture Training

Part I. A VILLAGE LIFE:

Northern Thai church planting and missions Part I of the study describes the material culture of the villages, the village milieu, houses, villagers’ lifestyles and livelihood. Over the years, modern bungalows have risen alongside the traditional Thai house, but the latter has returned in the 1990s in a new form. Village houses have acquired furniture, TVs, fridges and other domestic appliances that have changed families’ lifestyles and food preferences; today, ever more family yards contain a car.

Old rice farming methods, adapted to local environment, have become production farming. Rice farmers discuss machinery, costs, fertilizers, spreading of environmental pollutants. Many would like to return to self-sufficient farming. The ploughing machine has triumphed; the water buffalo is threatened with extinction.

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Part II. COMMUNITY CULTURE:

Northern Thai church planting and missions Part II examines the arc of human life within the village community of the past and in today’s industrializing and urbanizing society. Future expectations have changed. Thailand has become a modern education society, where young people are forced to fight ever harder for college places and jobs. Today’s Asian young people are beginning to compete with Westerners in know-how, productivity, global industrial resources. On the other hand, villagers are worried by disappearance of community morality, threat of drugs and AIDS, spread of international consciousness industry and narcissistic lifestyle – in common with people all over the world.

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Part III. VILLAGE RELIGION:

Northern Thai church planting and missions Part III examines the supernatural environment of the villages, supernatural guardian spirits of the home compound, cult of ancestors and spiritual forces of nature. Of religious role-players of the villages, sorcerers and mediums and their rite techniques are outlined. The author traces religious thinking from shamanism and sorcery to modern cult of development.

Finally, he describes local Buddhism, monk-hood and ordination of local monks. Buddhism has also changed since the era of village religions. The villagers are concerned about secularization and uncertainty about what is ethically right and wrong in the new commercial environment. In a competitive society, different people rise to prominence from those who engendered respect in local communities.

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Taken from “Local Thai culture in the postlocal world” . Read more here…

Thai Language and Culture [www.seasite.niu.edu/thai] is an information-rich, multimedia, interactive web site to learn basic Thai language online. It’s a very informative source to understand Thai better. Click to read…
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