The word "Kwun" is intangible i.e. it is invisible and untouchable, but it is noticeable by feelings. If one's Kwun was still with him/her, he/she would normally feel happy. In contrary, if one's Kwun was not with them, one would feel differently. Thai people believe that the rite of Bai Sri Su Kwun is a ritual activity that would encourage their mental strength. The strong mind would support them to, as they wished, succeed their tasks .
The word "Bai Sri" means auspicious rice, a symbol of lives related ceremony.
Bai Sri is made of banana leaves stitched into three levels ,that contains rice, and essential elements, which are lotus, prosperous candle, young coconut juice, 3 candle trays, 9 ordinary candles, and a white holy string. Bai Sri, in this occasion, represents the society must strongly hold on 3 moral principles. 3 levels of Bai Sri represent
(Each candle tray is attached with 3 candles)
A white holy string represents a hoop of commitment.
the rite of Bai Sri for new students, at National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok.
In summary, Kwun is a symbol of Thai lifestyle
since the ancient time. Kwun is only with alive person, that is, the dead people
no longer possess Kwun. The purpose of calling back Kwun or the rite of treating
Kwun (Tum Kwun) is to bring happiness and auspiciousness in order to happily
live in the present society.
Extracted from the rite of Bai Sri for new students, at the institue of Rajapat Thonburi on 2 July 2000.
: Aketawan Manowongsa
22 March 2001