Buddhist Pulpit


Buddhist Pulpit
“Annually, people get together to build a new pulpit as a strategy to show their faith in Buddhism and the unity of Plang (Tai Loi).

 

Pulpits were used in Chiang Rai and Phayao as an important display of faith. Not only were they expressions of religious beliefs, they were also a way to capture traditions and ways of life of the people here. 

In Mahajati Preaching, a curtain marks the location where King Sanchai is told to have arranged a palanquin to pick up Vessantara on his return to his home. This curtain also announces that Mahajati Preaching is about to start. The pulpit used in this preaching is made to imitate the palanquin of Vessantara. It is also designed to be convenient to store when the preaching ends


Songphan Wannamart. (1986). Buddhist Pulpits in Chiang Rai and Phayao in Lanna Studies: Fine Arts (1-5 February Page 32 and 41).     Chiang Rai: Chiang Rai Teacher's College.
Songphan Wannamart, 1986, page 32

A Plang  Buddhist pulpit, shaped as an elephant carrying a castle, was donated to the Mekong Basin Civilization Museum. This Buddhist pulpit was used as a place for monks to sit while preaching in a Vessantara preaching ceremony from February 9th to 11th, 2017, at Chantaram temple, in the Mae Chan district, Chiang Rai. Traditionally, a pulpit will be burned after one use, so the materials used in production are extremely flammable (bamboo, cloth and paper). Every year, community members come together to build a new pulpit. This unites the community and strengthens the Buddhist faith of the Plang (Tai Loi) who live near the Chantaram temple in the Mae Chan district, Chiang Rai.


The Plang people in Thailand are found in Mae Chan district and Mae Sai district, Chaing Rai and in Shan state, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
 Plang people (Tai Loi) who live in the community of Chantaram temple, Mae Chan district, Chiang Rai migrated from Nong Luang and Baan Nam Yue