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    Sacrificing pigs heads to Buddha

    What the the reason why Thais present pigs heads at the temple?
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    I think you mean Chinese or Chinese Thai.

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    My wife will stick a pigs head up in front of the spirit houses, along with a boiled chicken and some oranges, and she's pure Isaan.

    She'll also add a little glass of Lao Khao and a lit cigarette for the spirits to drink and smoke their fill.

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    The Thai family have no Chinese heritage yet present pigs heads at the temple as a thankyou to Buddha.
    We presented 9 pigs head when we got married for some reason, still boggles the mind to this day
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    Weird, though . . . good Buddhists who shouldn't eat meat offer severed pig-heads to Buddha who was a vegetarian.
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    Just get the Filipina's to teach the Thai how to make sisig from them, and it's a happier world

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    If you’ve ever been in Thailand then you must be wondering why people offer fruits and red liquids to the ghosts. The latter is nothing else but strawberry Fanta. It might seem weird, but the red colour symbolises blood and it replaces animal sacrifice, which was once performed very often. Blood in Thai culture means life. Thanks to it we live and we die. So, it is believed that blood can also bring good fortune and fertile the land. That’s why in Thailand people used live animals as gifts to gods. This tradition was made illegal by King Rama I and from then on people tried a few different things to replace blood until they finally discovered strawberry Fanta. Nowadays, during bigger ceremonies, animals are not killed, but one of the most important sacrifices is a pig’s head, which is then consumed during a party after the ceremony is completed.
    Fruits and vegetables are offerings to ghosts and spirits to say thanks for bringing good luck, or to ask them for keeping the household safe. These gifts are presented every morning. Incense is then lit, they are supposed to get rid of bad energy. After a whole day, fruits are given to the homeless, animals, or they are thrown away. Drinks and liquids are always poured away.

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    Fruits and vegetables are offerings to ghosts and spirits to say thanks for bringing good luck, or to ask them for keeping the household safe. These gifts are presented every morning. Incense is then lit, they are supposed to get rid of bad energy. After a whole day, fruits are given to the homeless, animals, or they are thrown away.
    The Farm must be more Frugal they take them back inside after a few hours and consume them.
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    ^ yep Mrs does the same with the fruit, it gets eaten the next day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Weird, though . . . good Buddhists who shouldn't eat meat offer severed pig-heads to Buddha who was a vegetarian.
    Not sure so I would defer, but I think Buddhists hold life in high esteem and shouldn't kill, but can eat meat that someone else has killed, though that someone else is usually another Buddhist.

    Hmm...

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    ^ This from a website called buddhismzzone.org (first one that came up on Google):

    Vegetarianism in Buddhism
    This is interpreted to mean that you do not eat the flesh or meat of any animal, including fish. ... Meat can be eaten so long as the monk knows the animal is not killed for his consumption; he will eat certain types of meat if the food is not specifically prepared for him but rather just offered.

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    The pig head can also be offered to someone you have wronged in their eyes. Like an out of court settlement. I had to buy two of them once, many years back, and present them to a family. Some odd traditions here for sure.

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    Well in Isaan, we ate the offerings after a token period. Why not? I just wish they would learn how to make sisig from the pigs head, instead of that rather bland boiled head with a very spicy sauce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcusb View Post
    The pig head can also be offered to someone you have wronged in their eyes. Like an out of court settlement. I had to buy two of them once, many years back, and present them to a family. Some odd traditions here for sure.
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