Ghost Feeding:
Buddhism is the main religion of Shan, only a few of them who believe in other religions. In case of the real life style, they all still believe about some ghosts’ e.g. Ruler spirit, earth ghost, forest demon, water ghost, farm ghost, household spirit etc. They will be very careful not to have any insults happen. Then there is the worship and the belief about ghost feeding in each community which is similar, for example, there will be Ruler Spirit Feeding Worship in month 7 of every year which has been called “Lieng Pee Chao Muang” because there is the belief that the ruler spirit will take good care to the villagers to stay in peace and happiness. Moreover, there still be another ghost feeding worship in another occasion but it is held in the simple way not too difficult e.g. on Buddhist holy day they will make a small banana leaf bowl, which called “Gawg Tang” in Shan, put with some food, and sweet or betel nut, cigarette etc. then put it at some places, such as houses, farms, fields, mines, dams, including spirit house, which they respect; then light the candle, and pray. Ghost Feeding is the ritual and the belief that has been held since ancient times. In case some community is in town, the mentioned worship and the belief may disappear according to the change of the society in globalization world.

The Candle Worship:
Candle Worship is the rite which is believed by Shan that after finishing it can help protect and get rid of misfortune or bad luck and escape all danger. It can make luckiness, and long life. Lighting the candle is very familiar among Buddhists. The Buddhists believe that the “candle” is the symbol of Buddha’s Teaching; therefore, using the candle in the rite has been used for a long time. In the past the villagers prepared the candle to be lit by hand by using real wax, which is taken from stewing beehives; then separate the wax out and put into the vessel, such as a bowl, a plate wait until it becomes cold; after that, cut it with a knife into pieces. When it will be used to make a candle, the wax will be brought to roll on the smooth floor until it becomes a round bar, which is ready to be a candle for lighting. Lighting the candle is not only the symbol of worship for Buddha’s Teaching but also it is believed that the candle that has been made by the one who knows well about “the Candle Worship” will help to get rid of misfortune, have luckiness, and long life. So Candle Worship, then, is one of the rites that Shan prefers doing until now.

The belief in the topic of the auspicious time:
Shan people have had the belief in the topic of auspicious times since ancient time. This will set the auspicious event or other ceremonies at each time. This will have to see the date and the suitable time. And for the important time, this has to avoid the inauspicious day, for finding the auspicious time, this will mean the time which will have the influence in the daily life of the people; especially when this has prepared other ceremonies. This must have the jamming, if this has no the auspicious time, and this will have to believe that for the auspicious time. Besides, this will help to arise for only good things that will have the effect in the sociology also; such as; finding the date and the suitable time. This must be able to appoint cousins and friends to have the harmony for preparing the work activity that would like the cooperation for being united in action and spirit to have the success. No matter what of the work for the public, the building of the new house, the housewarming ceremony, the determination of the cultivation, the determination of the harvesting, the marriage ceremony and other auspicious events. Mostly, for the place that most of the people will always come to see or request for the auspicious time, this is the temple, that will have the monk as the person who sees the auspicious time and determines the date, the time in that ceremony, or the “Salah” home. Salah is the person who has the knowledge and the expertise in astrology. Mostly, this will be the elderly person and this is the respectable person in the village. Salah will be the person who determines the date, the time for other ceremonies.

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