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The feeding of the monks is a part of the daily life in Chiang Khan. Unfortunately, it has developed to a tourist attraction.
Karma plays a decisive role in the life of a Buddhist. By doing good deeds, everyone can improve his karma and benefit of it in the next life. In Chiang Khan, it seems that one wants to bring it to perfection. One does not only cares about his own karma but also about the karma of the tourists. The tourists should provide the monks with food, flowers, and sweets in the morning.
The activities start with the first lights of the new day. The restaurants prepare the first food.
One has already rolled out carpets for the tourists to kneel down on the street. The hotels and Guesthouses have prepared bowls with sacrificial offerings.
As soon as the first tourists have occupied their assigned places, the first monks appear. If something is put into her begging bowl, they pronounce a short blessing.
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If a tourist should have a shortage of sacrificial offerings, there are enough sellers around to provide adequate supplies, so that the karma does not suffer. If a monk gets too many sacrificial offerings of one kind, he can then exchange them for something else with dealers again.
One can not get rid of the impression that the burden of providing the many monks is too much for the native population. This might be the reason that one tries to get rid of this burden among tourists. And if you can do business with it … the better.
We try to deal with the camera and the camera, but we do not want to be part of the religion and are rather unpleasantly touched by the whole procedure.
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