Explore an Ancient Brahmin Relic at Bangkok’s One and Only Giant Swing
Employed to enact a sacred Brahmin ceremony the Giant Swing was last used in 1935 when it was deemed the ancient practice was too dangerous to continue. Performed for centuries during the Brahmin New Year’s ceremony the Giant Swing ritual lasted an impressive 10 days during its heyday. Conducted on the first lunar month in the Thai calendar the ceremony was held on the second lunar month after the Rattanakosin period which took root at the start of the 19th century. Dubbed the “Tri-Yampawai” or the Swing Ceremony the occasion was one of the dozen royal ceremonies that took place annually in the Sukhothai Kingdom.
Believed to be a modern day re-enactment of an epic Brahmin legend found in ancient Hindu scripture the columns of the swing stand for the mountains with the swing’s round shaped base denoting the seas and the earth. In the elaborate ceremony Brahmins would swing in an attempt to grab a bag full of coins placed on a pillar.
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