This post is a collection of a few select images made in rural Thailand while living one year with COVID-19 in our lives. It is not a timeline of the pandemic….
Much has changed in the nine years I have been documenting rice farming. Hand tractors have given way to modern machinery. Four days to plow the fields with a hand tractor has become just a few hours with modern machinery. Two weeks of hand harvesting is now a half day with a large machine harvester.
I have witnessed many Thai ordinations in the ten years I have lived in rural Thailand. Each time I notice a significant change in a man’s personality after the head shaving ceremony, and putting on the white robes of a novitiate Monk. I can understand and appreciate the reason the act of becoming a monk is so esteemed in Thai society. It is a profound, sometimes life-changing event for many Thai men.
Today, in rural Thailand, Grandma Siri and family got a new set of Spirit Houses to replace the ancient ones that finally gave up the ghost(s) a while back. This morning was the blessing of the new spirit houses.
I think a person could probably survive for several months during the fruit harvest season on what is produced from the trees in my front yard …
The rice planting season began today for Siri and family in rural Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. Thus begins the cycle I have witnessed and documented for 10 years …
Thailand has an extremely low coronavirus infection count and mortality rate, causing some to question Thailand’s reporting. To be fair, there is virtually no testing done here outside of hospitals for already sick patients, and autopsies are not all that common. Testing for the virus is expensive for both Thais and foreigners, hence it is not something most even consider.