A Thai baby officially becomes ‘some-one’ following its name is chosen-regularly by the village abbot-and entered in the village headman’s records. Soon after birth the child will be given a nickname, generally a colour, attribute or even an animal name recommended by his physical qualities. Intimates will continue to call him/her by this name for the rest of his life.
Childhood is a cossetted, carefree time. By the age of 4, young children frequently meet to play beyond the family compound. Boys and girls usually segregate and roam freely all through the village. Boys play make-think games, fly kites, plough imaginary fields and hunt insects and harmless reptiles. Girls nurse makeshift dolls, ‘sell’ mud pies in make-believe markets, play games emulating their mothers and look after younger brothers and sisters.
Progressively the young children are drawn into operate patterns. About eight years of age, girls give increasing help with household duties and boys assume greater responsibilities such as feeding poultry and livestock and guarding the loved ones buffalo as it grazes or wallows.
Youngsters attend the government village school to be taught from a common nation-wide curriculum. They obtain varying degrees of literacy, and study Buddhist ethics and Thai history. All acquire comprehensive education and upon coming into speak to with neighbouring villages’ children and going to the provincial capital, get pleasure from a broadening of social encounter.
Assuming ever-escalating perform loads and responsibilities, youths of 15 and 16 are already regarded as fully mature adult labourers. In between graduation from school at 15 and marriage about the age of 20, some village males serve in the village temple as novice monks. Such service assures them future deference and respect, their voices carrying added weight in village affairs.
The village girl’s entrance Into adolescence is a gentle one particular. Courtship is confined initially to get in touch with with communal work groups in the course of planting and harvesting and temple-centred festivals and activities. There may possibly be in depth banter among boys and girls but, individually, young men and women tend to be shy and ‘whirlwind court-ships’ are exceedingly uncommon. Emotional relationships mature gradually and customarily involve chaperoned meetings at the girl’s property.
Most young men and women pick their own marriage partners. Hardly ever is parental disapproval voiced considering that marriages usually take spot among families within the very same village, further strengthening and widening communal ties. A marriage is occasionally presented as a fait accompli by young children who work in towns and are therefore beyond parental control.
Early in the morning, in accordance with a traditional Thai belief that married life must start with merit-generating, the bride and groom feed village monks and present them with tiny gifts. In return, the monks bless the couple and the house exactly where they will reside.
The village marriage ceremony bestows no official validity on their union. It is merely a public proclamation that the two individuals will live together as man and wife. The young couple’s wrists are ceremoniously bound collectively in the presence of village elders and they are led to the marriage chamber as guests feast, drink, sing and dance. Later, their marriage is officially registered at the district office.
Thai “Snow” Lime Tea
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