Let’s follow the boy of wind to play at Na Meun Sri in Trang
Speaking of Trang, a province's southern part of Thailand at the beautiful Andaman side, many people think about the famous traditional soft sponge cake with lots of flavors. Or delicious crispy pork and a variety of dumplings for a nice breakfast. Some people might wonder why Chinese-style food is famous here at Trang. That’s because there are a lot of people in the Chinese migrant business community here. However, Chinese identity assimilates with the Thai southern style of living. It becomes a unique style that waiting for you to see.
Besides the tasty food and beautiful sea, we can find nice rice fields here. At Na Meun Sri community, Na Yong district in Trang here is one of OTOP Nawatwithi tourism communities with its charm. Especially the story of “Look Lom”, a traditional toy playing with the wind, that not only for fun, it’s also a local wisdom tool for agriculture.
We often play “Look Lom” in the rice harvesting season. Speaking of the legend, it’s about a family in paradise. A boy named “Phra Pai” is a god of wind and sky according to Hinduism. One day, that was a harvesting rice day, there were many kinds of birds. They were eating rice in the field. However, Phra Pai himself was busy. He asked to Look Lom, his son, to take care of the rice field instead. Then, Look Lom got an idea. He cut the bamboo and shaped it thin, then put them all together as the cross to flow with the wind. When there is the wind, it will flow with the noise and the birds will get fear it; to prevent the birds come to the field. Consequently, when Phra Pai saw this, he is satisfied. He reported the story to the guardians. So, all the guardians are satisfied with Look Lom and brought this toy to the human world. Since then, “look mom”, a toy of the wind has become popular until now.
A traditional playing “Look Lom” depicts the linkage between traditional local wisdom of agriculture; conquering the agricultural pest as birds, and a belief of guardians. This makes a nice local story of the community.
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