Author Topic: Spirit House Blessing  (Read 2235 times)

dirtydog

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Spirit House Blessing
« on: March 21, 2010, 04:07:05 AM »
These are photos I have taken from my mates video, they recently built a house in Korat and of course had to get the Monks in to do the blessing or ceremony.
Now I think the one who sets up the spirit house is a (Brahman) Braham Monk, they wear white, position the spirit house and then tie white cotton all round your house, I only remember this as we nearly killed one of these Monks, I didn't realise we would have somebody come round our place to tie white cotton all over the place, so a lot of the electric cable runs were bare so I could spur more runs off of them, obviously had to put a stop to him hanging white cotton off of my electric cable runs, anyway it seems to have worked as all the ghosts live outside and hang out at the spoirit house supposedly, well, apart from the 2 dead children ghosts that have been there for more than 10 years and neither I nor my girlfriend have seen them but her whacky sister says they are there and has seen them, they done some ceremony and it seems to either have got rid of them or made them stay in the spirit house anyway.

dirtydog

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Re: Spirit House Blessing
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 06:59:24 AM »
An excerpt from Thai Airways on Brahman and Brahmanism.

Traditionally the most important rites conducted by Brahmans relate to the monarchy and include coronation, royal weddings, oaths of allegiance and the first ploughing ceremony. They also make astrological calculations for auspicious times for various ceremonies and undertakings. In former times they world also have interpreted a king's dreams and predicted fortunes in battle.

Today, said Shawin, there are seven major annual Royal ceremonies at which Brahmans officiate; the Ploughing Ceremony (held in May and the best opportunity for visitors to see Brahmans in their official capacity), the anniversaries of His Majesty the King's birthday and coronation, the three ritual occasions on which the monarch changes the seasonal attire of the Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Keo, and the celebration of the god Siva's annual visitation to earth (a festival that was once celebrated by performances on the Giant Swing.)

Additional occasional Royal ceremonies in which Brahmans are involved include the King's acceptance of a new white elephant, the birth of a royal child, a royal cremation (when the Brahman's hair is left to hang down as a sign of mourning) and so on.

Among ordinary people, the Brahmans are called upon to perform a variety of rites, such as the setting of a spirit house, the laying of a building's foundation stone, weddings, pre-ordination ceremonies and various other occasions at homes, offices, sc hools and shops where blessing is given through worship and propitiatory duties.

At these times the priests will recite incantations of invitation to the dhevas (gods) and make offerings of candles, incense and flowers. Spirits will also be appeased by lavish food offerings of, most traditionally, a pig's head, fish, chicken and o ther delicacies.

Many of the rites are performed in conjunction with Buddhist monks, each performing their respective duties. Such dual ritual is seen in the Buddhapisek ceremony whereby the spirit is invited to enter an image of the Buddha.

An especially distinctive symbol of Brahmans seen at all ceremonies is the conch shell, an object that figures large in legends about Brahma and which is considered a source of triple good. It is used both as a container of lustral water (as poured in the wedding ceremony) and as a kind of musical horn.

dirtydog

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Re: Spirit House Blessing
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 07:02:41 AM »
Of course once the Brahman has finished setting up the spirit house you can arrange for the Monks to visit to give their blessing, just don't forget to feed them.

 



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