November 23, 2003 |
You won't find it on maps or road signs, but on full moon nights, with a thousand lanterns flickering, Buddhist monks praying and sarong-clad women bearing offerings, one can almost believe that Monland lives in more than dreams. The Bor Kamot-Kaban festival is one of many celebrated by 6,000 Mon people whose hillside home has proved a haven from the harsh military regime in nearby Myanmar and the not always welcoming Thais around them.
April 7, 1997 |
The people who live at Duoc Su Temple look like ordinary Buddhist monks, with their shaved heads and their simple, loose gray garb and saffron-colored robes. But look closer at the master chanting with the worshipers who are sitting on the floor of the cool, rug-lined interior of the praying room. The master is a woman. So are the rest of the temple keepers.