Blessing with Hanuman Mask

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As the first part of my performance at the Bangkok Biennale 2018, I visited the Wat Thephakorn Occupation Training Centre at Charan Sanitwong Soi, Bang Plad on the afternoon of the 31st of August. I went there to meet Khun Patchanee Liangsorn, daughter and protege of the master Khon mask-maker and respected teacher, Khun Sathaporn Liangsorn. Khun Patchnee, who was once a Khon and Likay dancer, has kept up the family tradition of Khon mask making. She is also known to be a generous and respected teacher (Khru) in her own right. I had been trying to communicate (through language difficulties) with Khun Patchanee, prior to my departure for Bangkok, about the possibility of obtaining and ritually animating a Hanuman mask for the performance. I am honored to note that when I arrived at Wat Thephakorn, Khun Patchani saw fit to open the eyes of a Hanuman mask for me and to perform an informal blessing with the mask for my upcoming performance.

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