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    Braham 1st post ceremony

    You may wonder why all these Thai construction workers are sitting down instead of working.
    True, not all that unusual, but there is a reason for this break.



    This past week I was invited to attend a Braham 1st post ceremony at a business here in Bangkok. This business had invited these priests to bless the 1st post site of their new building site.

    Never attending one before I didn't really know what to expect. The myth is that gold, silver, bronze and a pig's head are part of the tradition.

    Let's get started with the setup. In this view you can see the Braham priest carefully directs where the temporary spirit house will go nearby the 1st post.


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    The other trappings of this Braham tradition are starting to be put in place.



    The spirit house is in. Some of the construction workers are carefully placing poles to mark a boundary of some sort. The guy in the white hard hat is naturally one of the bosses.


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    The priest is making final adjustments.



    As you can see, I was not the only one taking photos.



    I would like to add with all respect this priest has also taken part in many of the ceremonies involving the Royal family.

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    The cement truck is directed to a location to wait until the ceremonies are over.



    The Thai owner arrives. Don't let the looks fool you. This lady is a multi-millionaire
    in US dollars.


    The music starts with this conch shell.



    The ceremony begins.


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    Almost 30 minutes later we are still doing the prayers.



    Even the head construction honcho was taking photos.


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    The priest waits for the '1st post'.



    The '1st post' is handed over.


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    And driven down.



    While the music played.


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    A gold bar is lowered.



    A silver bar is also to be buried.



    Bronze is also buried in this concrete tomb.


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    Everything is now ready to recieve the concrete. This is where the myth gets scary. According to some Thai people who follow this Braham tradition, actual gold, silver and bronze are buried under each 1st post.



    The 1st post is now recieving the final blessings.



    Now the Thai workers tear everything down and get back to work.

    Damn, didn't see a pig's head.


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    distinct lack of safety gear on that Priest - he needs the safety induction

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    Think the precious metals were just hunks of spray painted iron?

    If they were genuine, do you think they remained in the footing of the first post once the 200-baht-a-day construction workers came back on scene?

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    Nice report hillbilly. I have heard about such ceremonies but never been to one. It seems to be a grander version of an ordinary house first post thing. Mrs Loomb reckons that the richer you are, the more gold and silver go down the hole but the bronze remains the same. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat View Post
    Think the precious metals were just hunks of spray painted iron?

    If they were genuine, do you think they remained in the footing of the first post once the 200-baht-a-day construction workers came back on scene?
    Hard to know, but let's not always equate poverty with criminal greed.

    Every house built in India has gold/silver coins buried in the South-east (iirc) corner of the land; no reports of folks digging this up.

    Possibly, the conscience allows one to steal from each other, but not from gods. [even though gods 'rarely' file a police complaint]

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    No way was that a solid gold bar unless the priest had a particularly strong thumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil View Post
    No way was that a solid gold bar unless the priest had a particularly strong thumb.
    He bought it from the National Bank in Addis Abbaba - of course its genuine - what a suspicious mind you have

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    Do you mean, "Brahman"?

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    I once attended a similar function but for a Muslim client...they put some coconut oil..and a few other things in the first column base..and had the imam say a prayer or two..elbows bent ..hands out palms up.

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