This last summer we were lucky to have been part of a process of interviewing several Tai Daeng shamans in Sam Tai and were able to purchase some of the textiles they used in their ceremonies, and in this video we visually explore one of the textiles set to an audio track of a Tai Daeng Funeral Shaman chanting at a funeral in Vientiane. The chanting you hear is part of the process of the shaman guiding the spirit of the deceased as they make their way up to heaven. This chanting can take days and the journey is long and sometimes dangerous, and on the textile you can see the shaman on the back of an elephant when journeying over land and naga boats set between the elephants that the shaman can use to travel up rivers.
In the video below you can see the actual Tai Daeng funeral ceremony we recorded the audio from which we included in the video above. In this video you can a man dancing with "wooden sticks that are symbolic of knives as a show of power to frighten any bad spirits (phi) from interfering with the shaman leading the deceased's spirit on the long journey to heaven.