Example of tattoos from Lanna culture and the tattoo pen below. The ink traditionally contained cobra venom, and many other tinctures. The tattoo artists are sometimes monks. In "Child of the Northeast" a great book about life in Isan in 1930, a chapter is about some gypsies who come to town to offer tattoos. They cost 1-3 baht! That was worth a lot more then. Men who get the tattoos are well respected by others, especially women. To learn more about these sacred tattoos, and others click here http://www.absolutethai.com/magic-ink-sacred-tattoos-of-thailand/
I didn't understand these pieces of fabric completely. They are meant to offer protection similar to the tattoos. Why though, are there people copulating with animals? I mean a woman and an elephant? I don't think so. I plan on researching the meaning of these more.
Many cultures in Thailand has totem poles in their village. Here are two.
|This is a rice calendar. It uses the moon and auspicious days to determine when things happen like planting and harvesting.|
This is a loi krathong made from bana leaves and flowers. It looks like the head of Naga to me. Here is a Naga that was the prow of a boat.
This is the rice goddess. Every year a ceremonty would be preformed in the fields to ask her for a good harvest. Below are great alternatives to plastic bags. I hope to bring some home.