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Chiang Mai’s Shan Connection: Thailand’s Colourful Poy Sang Long Festival

Chiang Mai’s Shan Connection: Thailand’s Colourful Poy Sang Long Festival

Story and Pictures by David Henley and Andrew Forbes / CPA Media (January, 2021)

Probably because of their remoteness from Bangkok and their high demographic presence, the Shans of Mae Hong Son Province are confident, culturally secure, and very sure of their place in the scheme of things. Like the central Thais they are devout Buddhists (albeit with more than a touch of animism included), and their flourishing temples, redolent of Burma and of Shan State, have long excited the curiosity of visitors. The Shan ordination ceremony of Poy Sang Long, held in Mae Hong Son each April, is also a popular attraction. Yet Shan people are not just to be found in Mae Hong Son. In recent years they have also been making their cultural presence felt in Chiang Mai, the capital of the north.

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THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

Story by Ron Emmons (October 2020)

Massive and minute, gleaming and battered, obese and wasting away - the many faces of Buddha in Thailand reflect the diversity of this ancient religion. Yet for most Thais, Buddhism is more than a religion - it is a way of life.

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Faces of Khlong Toey

Faces of Khlong Toey

Story by Joe Cummings / CPA Media (20 June, 2020)

Intrepid shooter Tim Russell documents an endangered Bangkok community.

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A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

Story by Ron Emmons (February 2021)

Join author and photographer, Ron Emmons on a leisurely walk through the fascinating streets of northern Thailand’s ancient capital, Chiang Mai.

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EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

Story by Ron Emmons (December 2020)

When General Taksin moored his boat beside Wat Makok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River at dawn one day in October 1767, he could hardly have imagined how deeply his action would influence the future of his country, Siam.

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KONG RITHDEE & BANG RAK

KONG RITHDEE & BANG RAK

Story by Joe Cummings / CPAMedia (11 May, 2021)

A stroll through Bang Rak history with film critic Kong Rithdee

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STUPA PILGRIMAGE, THAI-STYLE

STUPA PILGRIMAGE, THAI-STYLE

Story by Joe Cummings / CPA Media (25 July, 2020)

Outside Bangkok, a widespread pilgrimage route links a dozen stupas, each associated with a different animal in the 12-year astrological cycle shared by most Tai and Chinese cultures.

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Timur’s Legacy

Timur’s Legacy

The Architecture Of Samarkand

Timur, better known in the West as Tamerlane from his nickname Timur-i-leng or “Timur the Lame”, was the last of the great nomadic warriors to sweep out of Central Asia and shake the world. As befits a man styled “World Conqueror”, we know a lot about him - and not all of it good. In 1336, at Shakhrisabz in present-day Uzbekistan, the wife of a minor chief of the Mongol Barlas clan gave birth to a son with blood-filled palms, a sure omen that the infant was predestined to cause the death of many.

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