Prachuap Province Holds Ceremonial Sacrifice to Seek Forgiveness for Stone Relics’ Theft

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On July 20, 2023, a poignant ceremony was held at the National Park Protection Unit No. 3 (Rong Je), within the enchanting premises of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Prachuap Province. Mr. Kittipong Sukphakul, Deputy Governor of Prachuap Province, presided over the sacrificial ritual, earnestly seeking forgiveness from Father Pu Khao Sam Roi Yot. The ceremony was attended by esteemed guests, including Mr. Nitat Chanthong, Director of the Prachuap Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office, and more. The event united representatives from various agencies, leaders from administrative organizations, community leaders, and officials from Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park.

The ceremony was initiated in response to a disheartening incident that occurred in June, where smugglers were caught cutting stone relics around Tham Mungkorn in Village No. 5, Ban Ko Phai, Rai Mai Subdistrict. These invaluable relics, colored red and brown, weighed at least 20-30 kg each and were destined to be sold to buyers seeking to carve Buddha images and ornaments for commercial purposes. The relics hold immense spiritual significance for some individuals, contributing to their high demand and value.

With deep regret for the desecration of the sacred stone relics within the boundaries of Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, the participants performed a solemn sacrifice ceremony as an act of penance, seeking forgiveness from Father Pu Khao Sam Roi Yot.

Subsequently, Mr. Kittipong Sukphakkul, Deputy Governor of Prachuap Province, joined various administrators in inaugurating the natural study trail bridge at Bueng Bua Nature Study Center within Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. This bridge was thoughtfully established for the public’s use, enabling them to embark on an educational journey to explore the biodiversity of Khao Sam Roi Yot Wetlands. The elevated wooden bridge offers visitors an awe-inspiring view of Bueng Bua’s natural splendors. Along the trail, informative signs educate visitors about the significance of aquatic plants found in Thung Sam Roi Yot, including cattail, moss, tiered seaweed, jok, lotus, water lily, and more.

The newly inaugurated study trail bridge aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the rich natural heritage at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, inspiring environmental conservation efforts and nurturing a profound connection with the bountiful wonders of Bueng Bua.

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