Updated 2017-03-17 14:07:53
Wai Kru Ceremony is an annual activity of faculty of fine arts, for showing their respect toward teacher, in Lanna tradition. The parade in each year is different and Nang Keaw searching rite also arranged on that day. Nang Keaw in ancient lanna scripture refers to Lady It thee rattana who is completely refined; she is the lady of the emperor with the best quality for being a perfect wife. A female freshman who is chosen as Nang Keaw will be responsible for Khan Bai Sri inviting onto a magnific litter. Moreover, she has to fetch water at Angkeaw reservoir which implies to the holy water from the top of the sacred mountain Doi Suthep. This water fetching rite is called “Sukhonthara Sinthuthara SuthepTaht”.
In 2016, there is the indigo-dyeing participation in Wai kru ceremony of Tai Lue ethnic of Chai Singha town in Xishangbanna. As a background story, the former Chai Singha ( Rattana Ayucha NakhonBuri Sriwiangnamkeaw) town or Muang Singha was the capital city of Chiang Khaeng kingdom which govern Muang Morm, Chiang Khaeng, Ban Sai, Ban Bor, Muang Nang, Muang Glang, Muang Long, Chiang Gok, Muang Yuu, Maung Rai, Muang Waa, Muang Kharng, Muang Khan, Muang Laem, Muang Oon, Muang Nam, etc. Most population was Tai Lue and Tai Nuea. Muang Singha was rarely known, it was a marginal traditional state with sovereignty using and relying to the bigger states which were Burma, Siam, and China; depending on political condition. Sometimes, this town might be called “Muang Sam Fai Fah Jao Ar-nanikhom. Afterwards, England took over the entirety of Burma and France invaded Indo China area. After Chiang Khang kingdom was separated, England took the right area of Khong River while France took the left so Muang Singha became a part of Laos since that day. On the later time, Chao fah Ong Kham, the last king of Muang Singha, failed the rebel against the western invader; then escaped to live the rest of his life in Chiang Rung. (From Wasin Oonjanam)
Parade creation; tributes, costumes, accessories, and decorated stuff are supported by staffs, former and present students.
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