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The objective of this research was to study the beliefs, rituals
and existence of Yuang Rituals of Thai Song Dam at Ban Buayang,
Wachirabaramee District, Phichit Province. It is a qualitative study. The
results from a case study of Mor Yuang, the patient, and relatives
showed that the beliefs, and Yuang Rituals of Thai Song Dam occurred
as follows: the beliefs in respect of spirits, since they believe that the
spirits can protect or punish people. This belief has passed on from the
ancestors till today. They believe that cause of the illness results from
the actions of spirits and deities and the supernatural can cause the
illness, since the modern medicine cannot cure those illnesses, they
have to find the cause of the illness from Yuang Rituals. Yuang Rituals
of Thai Song Dam are the rituals from which Thai Song Dam find the
cause of the illness which the modern medicine cannot find the cause
of illness. Most of the sick people are Thai Song Dams who seek for
this service due to the beliefs in the supernatural power that can cause
the illness; therefore they try to find the cause of the illness and take
the advice of Mor Yuang from conducting the rituals into practice till
the illness is cured. Internal factors that cause this belief are family,
belief in spirits, supernatural power, low education, relationship among
family members, and economic system. External factor is the lack of
confidence in modern medicine treatment.
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