The Stories We Could Tell

Phetchabun

We had the rare opportunity to visit a rural farming village called Phetchabun. Most tourists don’t venture to this area, but my Dad has been all over Thailand and knew this would be a special place for us to see. The visit was definitely one of our favorite parts of the trip as it really gave us a true feel of rural life in Thailand. Many of the people in the village have dirt floors in their homes and basically live off what they harvest, but they couldn’t have been more generous to us. I think this is the place where we really fell in love with Thai people.

One of the most interesting things we got to do in Phetabun was to watch the entire process of making silk, literally from start to finish. We visited the silk farms where they raise the worms on Mulberry leaves. Next step is the boiling pot, where the worms are boiled out of their cocoons. No waste here – the silk is pulled off like string, and the worms are eaten (actually considered quite the delicacy in Thailand, we were stubborn and refused to try the wiggly guys). The silk strands are then thoroughly dried then dyed beautiful bright colors. Lastly, the silk threads are woven on looms into silk. Not only were we given a great tour, we also left with four huge pieces of beautiful silk fabric. Now we just have to decide what to make with them!!! Told you Thais were insanely generous.

In town, we visited the temple of a monk who apparently had a sweet spot for cock fighting. As with many other temples, locals visit to pray for good luck, happiness, wealth and health… but this temple was a little different. As offerings for the monk, people leave rooster statues as a tribute to his liking of cock fighting. Years and years of offerings have led to a football field size piece of land covered with roosters. It was unbelievable. And the temple itself felt like it would be better suited in Las Vegas. The metallic gold and silver roosters in the front had me looking for the nearest slot machine. No luck there, but maybe that does mean we will have great wealth coming to us?????

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January 4, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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