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Laos Photos: Barsi ceremony in Luang Prabang: 2000

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Barsi ceremony - Lao Mat Khaen
At the end of the ceremony white cotton threads are bound around the wrists of the participants (called in "Lao Mat Khaen").
Senior people are invited to lead
Foreign tourists can also enjoy the basi ceremony together with the local Lao people. During the ceremony senior local people are invited to lead.
Dance at the end of Barsi
Basi ceremony normally is followed by a traditional meal and dance called in Lao "Lam Vong samakee". Here are Lao ladies preparing for a dance after a basi ceremony.
 

Basi is a traditional Lao ceremony of well wishing, dating back to the times before Buddhism was widely accepted as the main religion of Lao people. It is celebrated on many occasions; for example to please the house spirit, to thank the spirits after a family member recovered from illness, after a woman gave birth to a child and also before one of the family members leaving for a long journey. Baci was mostly held within the family.

During the ceremony all members of the family as well as invited relatives and friends are sitting around the "Pha Khouan", a traditional bouquet of flowers. An older man of the village is conductingthe ceremony by leading preaches and good wishes for health, prosperity, safe travel or whatever may seem important.

At the end of the ceremony white cotton threads are bound around the wrists of the participants (called in "Lao Mat Khaen"). This tradition comes from the old belief that 32 souls are living in the people' body. Wishing all bad souls or bad influences leaving and all 32 good souls staying in the body is accompanying the binding which finally mean to not let the souls leave the body. The threads should be worn for 3 or 7 days.

Basi traditional ceremony could be held for welcoming the guests, for a completion of an event, etc. Foreign tourists can also enjoy the basi ceremony together with the local Lao people. During the ceremony senior local people are invited to lead.

Basi ceremony normally is followed by a traditional meal and dance called in Lao "Lam Vong samakee".

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