Throwback: 2016 Lao New Year & The Myth Nang Sangkhan

Throwback to Lao New Year 2016 where Malee, one of our very own Kinnalies, was named 2016 Nang Sangkhan at Wat Lao Mixayaram New Year celebration in Seattle. This year our students will be participating in the festivities again playing music and walking in the parade. Malee will also be returning to hand off her title and responsibilities to the next young girl.

 

The Myth of the Nang Sangkhan

Written by Saengmany Ratsabout (Little Laos on the Prairie)

The role of Nang Sangkhan (Sangkhan Ladies) makes its presence during the New Year festivities through the reenactment of the myth of how the divine King Kabinlaphom (Brahma) lost his life due to losing a bet with Thammaban (Dhammapala), the Great Sage, and was decapitated. However, he warned that if his head touched the earth, a catastrophic fire would swallow the world, if it touched the sea, the ocean would dry up, if it touched the sky, rainfall would cease it exist. Kabinlaphom instructed his seven daughters to place his decapitated head in a cave on the foot of Mount Sumeru, a place neither of this world nor that of the gods. To pay homage to their father and to prevent the occurrence of natural disasters, every year, one of the seven daughters attend to the decapitated head by cleansing it and leading a procession around the base of Mount Sumeru to show their reverence to Kabinlaphom. Read the full article here.

 

Photos by Pom Foundation Board Member, Dennis Sikhanthat of Khom Photography

Photos by Pom Foundation Board Member, Dennis Sikhanthat of Khom Photography