Photo: Mud Men of the Dansai Ghost Festival

Evil Mud Men of the Dansai Ghost Festival in Thailand

Evil Mud Men of the Dansai Ghost Festival in Thailand

All kinds of spirits come out to play at the Ghost Festival in Dansai,Thailand. Also known as Phi Ta Khon, a yearly three day event held in Loei province in the Isan area of  Thailand, the forces of good, symbolized by beautiful young dancing maidens dressed in traditional costumes, mix with “evil” symbolized by the mud-men who randomly terrorize the village. These characters are in contrast to the more well known, but extremely colorful masked ghosts that like to dance, drink lots of Lao Khao (rice whiskey) and otherwise wreak havoc on this otherwise sleepy town. The complicated roots of Phi Ta Khon lie in Buddhist and more ancient animist traditions, with many more reverent ceremonies mixed among the revelry, but even after much explanation, no one seems to be able to tell me exactly why it has evolved the way it has. If you would like to see many more photos of the Dansai Ghost Festival have a look on my portfolio site.

Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
Exposure: 1/125 sec @ f/11
ISO: 800
Focal Length: 24mm


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In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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