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When the locals pray in Mae Naks Shrine and their prayers comes true, as a form of gratefulness to Mae Nak they pay local traditional dancers to perform traditional Thai dance in front of her shrine.

Traditional Thai Dance :

Dance in Thailand is the main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories that correspond roughly to the high art (classical dance) and low art (folk dance) distinction.

The Siamese have three sorts of Stage Plays: That which they call Cone [Khon] is a figure dance, to the sound of the violin and some other instruments. The dancers are masked and armed, and represent rather a combat than a dance. And though everyone runs into high motions, and extravagant postures, they cease not continually to intermix some word. Most of their masks are hideous, and represent either monstrous Beasts, or kinds of Devils. The Show which they call Lacone is a poem intermix with Epic and Dramatic, which lasts three days, from eight in the morning till seven at night. They are histories in verse, serious, and sung by several actors always present, and which do only sing reciprocally. The Rabam is a double dance of men and women, which is not martial, but gallant … they can perform it without much tyring themselves, because their way of dancing is a simple march round, very slow, and without any high motion; but with a great many slow contortions of the body and arms.

Thai classical arts exercised a strong influence on neighboring countries, especially Burma and Cambodia. The two golden periods of Burmese literature were the direct consequences of the Thai literary influence. The first transmission happened during the two-decade period (1564–83) in which the Toungoo Dynasty briefly managed to subject Siam as its vassal state.

Folk dance forms include dance theater forms like likay, numerous regional dances (ram), the ritual dance ram muay, and homage to the teacher, wai khru. Both ram muay and wai khru take place before all traditional muay Thai matches. The wai is also an annual ceremony performed by Thai classical dance groups to honor their artistic ancestors.

Wat Mahabut :

Wat Mahabut one of the 887 temples in Bangkok, is located in Phra Khanong in eastern Bangkok. In 1762, five years before the fall of Ayutthaya, a monk visited the villagers in Phra Khanong. As the village didn’t have a temple, the villagers invited the monk to stay. They built a temple and named it after him. The monk’s name was Phra Mahabut.

More photos of Wat Mahabut here.

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