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Seub Jata, A Thai Ritual in the Home

In Thailand many ceremonies that mark life's passages, like birth, marriage, and death, are held in the home. For Northern Thais, especially the Lanna people, the Seub Jata is a ceremony celebrated at home to generate good fortune and ensure well-being. Seub Jata means extending life, lengthening a happy existence, and the ritual can be performed after a person endures hardship, sickness, or other adversity; or during Thai New Year rites, in April; or at a house-warming ceremony; or at a birthday celebration; or when one achieves an appointment to an important position; or when one receives a poor horoscope reading and wishes to avert ...

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