• Short Summary

    IN BANGKOK, THAILAND, THE TRADITIONAL PLOUGHING CEREMONY WAS HELD ON MAY 2, REVIVING IT AFTER A LAPSE OF SOME 25 YEARS.

  • Description

    IN BANGKOK, THAILAND, THE TRADITIONAL PLOUGHING CEREMONY WAS HELD ON MAY 2, REVIVING IT AFTER A LAPSE OF SOME 25 YEARS.

    A PROCESSION FROM THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE WENDED ITS WAY TO SNAM LUANG NEAR THE GRAND PALACE IN BANGKOK. THE SITE OF THE PLOUHGING CEREMONY.

    LEADING THE PROCESSION WAS THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE RICE DEPARTMENT DRESSED IN CEREMONIAL ATTIRE. THE THAIS CALL THE IMAGINARY FIGURE THE "PHYA RAEK NAH", WHICH ROUGHLY MEANS THE LORD OF THE FESTIVAL OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF SOWING.

    FOUR WOMEN IN TRADITIONAL THAI DRESS CONSECRATED FOR THE CEREMONY, CONSTITUTED PART OF THE PROCESSION.

    THE CEREMONY WAS PRESIDED OVER THE KING PHUMIPHOL ADULYATEJ OF THAILAND.

    THE KING ANCINTED THE CEREMONIAL PLOUGH AND BULL, AFTER WHICH THE RITES STARTED.

    A SYMBOLIC PLOUHGING OF THREE ROUNDS, FOLLOWED BY SYMBOLIC SOWING. MEANWHILE PRAYERS WERE SAID IN BANGKOK'S BUDDHIST TEMPLES INVOKING THE GOD'S BLESSINGS FOR PLENTIFUL RAIN AND A RICH HARVEST.

    RICE IS THAILAND'S MAJOR EXPORT AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE OWNER AND A GOOD RICE CROP MEANS NATIONAL PROSPERITY AND VICE-VERSA.

    AFTER THE CEREMONY THE BULL IS RELEASED FROM THE PLOUGH AND IS DEFERRED A RICH VARIETY OF FOOD. THE MENU CONSISTED OF BANANAS, SUGARCANE, GRASS, WATER, BEANS AND LIQUOR. PRIESTS WATCHING THE BULL'S PREFERENCE WOULD THEN FORECAST HOW CROPS WOULD FARE DURING THE YEAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RCCSQI0ZRAK0W44FCKUG1TXB
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RCCSQI0ZRAK0W44FCKUG1TXB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:21:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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