Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people

When shoots from rice grains grow a little, Kho Mu ethnic people often hold a festival to pray for rain and a bumper crop.

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people

Kho Mu ethnic people sing and dance during the festival

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people

Kho Mu ethnic people join one another in their traditional dance

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


Villagers hand their rice seedlings to local shaman

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


Local shaman performs a ritual to make offerings to gods

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


Ritual to pay gratitude to the god of the soil, who is believed to protect the villagers from bad luck, often takes place in rice fields

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


Shaman and locals prepare for rituals

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


Kho Mu women carry a necessary item in crop-praying festival, bamboo stick, which is used by the shaman to predict whether the gods accept the villagers’ request

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


Villagers prepare necessary items for offering to the gods and ancestors

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people


The offering ritual often takes place at the house of the village’s shaman

Festival to pray for bumper crop of Kho Mu ethnic people 

VNA

 
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