Today was an interesting day here in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. A young man who lives down the road had a traditional “Khon Juk” or the “Top Knot Cutting” Ceremony.
Not many Thai young men or women have a top knot today, it is part of traditional culture that is slipping away, and Kim was the only young man I have seen here that had a top knot. His parents asked if I would come and photograph the part of the ceremony that was held at my wife’s sisters home. I was happy to oblige.
I missed the actual cutting part, which I regret because they are becoming rare. The cutting itself took place at a temple chosen for luck, which was a 2 hour drive from where I live, so unfortunately I could not attend. Instead I waited for the return of the travelers and photographed the second part of the festival, which is called the coming of age ceremony.
It was a ton of fun, and one more Thai culture learning experience, as well as making a few new friends and a chance to keep my shutter finger in shape. It did make me realize something I had never thought of before. I never put two and two together. I always wondered about the shape of the Thai Buddha, with the point at the top of the head. Today doing research on the “Khon Juk” it came to me. A top knot? I don’t know if that is correct, but it seems to makes sense, at this moment in time … to me anyway.