Phya Naak's Town


This article was first posted in Yahoo!360 on November 28th 2007.
Unfortunately, Yahoo!360 is, as you know, already gone...
I modified the codes, added some links and notes, and reposted it here at Webs on May 18th 2010.
And I put the link in my Blog No. 395 at Multiply on the same day.
Again, unfortunately, Multiply will remove our blogs soon.
I therefore moved the posts and comments here. Kanda



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Some years ago there was a Thai movie about Phya Naak in Mae Khong River that shot fireballs into the sky in the full moon night of the 11th Lunar Month.   Since ancient time the local people along this quiet town of Pon-pi-sai in Nong-khai prefecture have often witnessed fireballs spurting from the river up into the night sky at this particular time of the year.   (Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_fireballs)   That movie has changed these quiet and rather unknown villages along Mae Khong river into famous tourists' spots.   People from all over Thailand and from overseas would come to the river banks to see the mysterious fireballs.   It has become a national festival.   You can imagine how crowded these small villages are during those few days.

Now there comes another movie about Phya Naak.   I am not sure what the title in English is.   The introduction was in yesterday's Matichon newspaper.   It was about what really happened in another quiet place called Kham-cha-nohd in Udonthani, northern Thailand.
Here is the story:

In January of the Buddhist year of 2532 ( = A.D. 1989) an outdoor movie rental company was asked to show movies in a village in Kham-cha-nohd.   The contact person paid 4,000 baht – all in coins – and requested that the movies must end and all the equipments moved out of the site at 4 am and not later.   That night the movies were shown in an open place in that village but there was no audience before 7 pm, which was highly unusal.   At 9 pm the crowd showed up all of a sudden, with women in all-white and men in all-black attires. They sat very still in two groups:   women with women and men with men.   They were quiet all through the movies.   No conversations, no laughters, no getting up or walking around, and there were no food or drink sellers.   At 4 am the audience disappeared altogether so suddenly.   The next day, when asked, the villagers said there were no movies in the village at all that night.   The (owner? and the) people of the movie company thought it odd so they went to check the site.   There they found an isolated island of jungle full of a kind of trees that looked like a combination of palm and coconut.   These were called "Kham-cha-nohd" trees.   There were traces of the car tyres that ended at a well in the middle of the island.

The conclusion:   the weird audience was the souls of Phya Naak people, who, like us humans, also needed some sort of entertainment.   The well, located in the middle of the Kham-cha-nohd jungle, has always been regarded as the connecting point between human's world and Phya Naak's.   Water in that well is, therefore, regarded as sacred.

According to the local people this island is a sanctuary full of harmless souls...   They also say if anyone touches the gong there without striking it and yet echo happens that person is definitely an offspring of the tribe of Phya Naak's.   More about the myth of Phya Naak (or Naga) in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_%28mythology%29.
I guess the villagers' belief was based on this ancient myth   –   with add-ons.

See pics of Kham-cha-nohd   HERE.

 
BLt BM BRt


Comments from my Y!360 blog.


Comments at Yahoo 360

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Remarks:

1.   About Khamchanod trees.   Scientific name:   Livistona saribus

According to a comment in the forum www.212cafe.com/freewebboard/view.php?user=tavatpalm&id=1124, this kind of palm trees can be seen in many places all over Thailand   –   with the largest group in Sutthi Khamchanod Temple in Amphur Baandung, Udon Thani Province.

According to this writer, the locals and the people in Udon Thani province are very proud of this khamchanod forest, and they believe that whoever takes away the seeds to plant elsewhere will eventually return to that temple with the (new) seeds.

Below is from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livistona_saribus

"Livistona saribus, commonly known as taraw palm, is a species of palm tree from Thailand in the Livistona genus.   It produces blue fruits, and is cold hardy to 24 degrees.
Taraw grows to 40 feet (12m) in height and prefers moist soil.   It has spines along the leaf stems which resemble shark teeth."


I googled and got many pictures of Livistona saribus.     Have a look!

2.   About HTML and CSS on this page.

The boxes were created by using 8 small pictures and some   <div>   tags.   In the old Yahoo!360 days I use   <table>   codes, which was the only code that I knew.   Here I used   <div>   tags with   float:right   and/or   float:left   styles, which I learned while blogging at Multiply.   In the Yahoo!360 days I did not know we could change background pics to transparent.   The pictures in the old blog were of white background, and therefore looked awkward if placed in non-white webpages.   Here I used my favorite paint program (not Adobe...) to modify the pictures to make them transparent in the background.   I know they are not 100% perfect yet.   (For example, the borders may take a longer time to completely show up on a low-speed internet, and there is a thin gray verticle line inside the boxes on the left when viewed in Opera...)

I think I have read it somewhere that we could create rounded corners boxes without using pictures but unfortunately to this day some browsers still cannot display them correctly.   I hope we soon will have new browsers or new versions of HTML that will let us use shorter codes in making such boxes.

( This part was written today – May 18th 2010)


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What I posted at my MTP (journal item no. 395):


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The story of Phya Naak's Town Reposted.

I tweaked this blog to stop myself from constant worries over the chaotic "wars" out there where they should not have happened.

Have you noticed that this box has rounded corners?

Kanda

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