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Inthakin ceremony again well attended this year

The new To Nobody Restaurant opens amid much fanfare and fun

Spiritual minds to meet Imagine there’s convergence of religion

The 12th European Union Film Festival

Inthakin ceremony again well attended this year

Surachai Tungteerabunditkul

Chiang Mai’s annual Inthakin ceremony was launched at Wat Chedi Luang temple last week. This religious Inthakin ceremony was organized with a traditional Buddhist rite, and presented the Buddha image Phra Chao Fon Saen Ha for those people who wanted to make merit by worshipping and bathing the statue with fragrant water.

Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn reports to the chairman of the ceremony, Governor Pisit Khetphasook at the opening ceremony.

A Buddha image at the temple set up for the public to make merit.

Chiang Mai Governor Pisit presides over the opening ceremony.

Buddhist monks take in the ceremony.

A parade float carries a Buddha image during the procession.

Ladies in beautiful traditional costumes lead an Inthakin ceremony procession.

Incense sticks, flowers and candles in bowls are seen at the Inthakin ceremony for making merit.

Chiang Mai Governor Pisit Khetphasook presided over the opening ceremony, which has been held annually at the temple, where most of Chiang Mai people come to worship.

The Inthakin poles, or the Chiang Mai foundation pillars, were first built at the city’s Sadue Muang Temple by King Mengrai when he founded the city of Chiang Mai in 1296. King Kawila moved the post to the present Wat Chedi Luang Temple site in 1799.

This year, the Inthakin worship ceremony took place May 27 to June 3. Grand celebrations were arranged with Lanna Thai-style performances, folk songs, and hand-made products on display.

Chiang Mai governor’s wife Samoekae Khetphasook led the women to make offerings at the ceremony.

Elders participate in the ceremony to make merit by offering flowers, incensed sticks and candles.

Bowls of offerings.

A gong and drum troupe perform at the ceremony.

A group of women participating in the merit-making ceremony.


The new To Nobody Restaurant opens amid much fanfare and fun

Marion Vogt

Chiang Mai is a paradise for food lovers, and the range of cuisine found here is second to none. On Monday, June 2, the official opening of the new, or actually relocated, German restaurant To Nobody took place in Soi Tewan.

H.S.H. Prince Bhisadej commends Joerg and Sunisa’s efforts, of course with a special eye on their support of the Royal Project.

Karl Eichhorn, product manager, and Saroj Ratanavadi, director, Chiangmai Malting, presenting a bouquet of flowers to Chef Joerg.

No party without a gossip corner - caught in the act were Luxamee, Vic, Sunisa and Gaed.

Over 100 kilos? No doubt - Joerg Eisenschmidt (left) and the dynamic Dutch Duo, the Brothers Gerry and Marius Arts.

Chiangmai Mail’s MD Michael Vogt gives the welcome address.

If eating is one of your passions, you have to try it. The new menu features an abundant selection of mouthwatering meat and seafood dishes, delicious German and international favorites, and wickedly indulgent desserts. The guests, who are, by To Nobody standards, treated more as friends, will have to choose between 73 different dishes, plus regularly changing ‘Specials’. But not to worry - the traditional Chiang Mai famous crispy pork knuckle, the assorted plate of homemade sausages with sauerkraut, as well as the trout from the Royal Project, are all still there - nothing is missing. The variety has just been extended, and one now finds a children’s corner, vegetarian dishes, various baguettes & sandwiches, and quite a few items of the so-called ‘fine cuisine’.

The new outlet is a little different from the old. Gone is the garden where you had to run inside as soon as the rain decided to appear. It is still an open-air restaurant, but the tables are arranged under a roof, so no hurry when it starts to rain. And they are even going the extra mile to additionally serve lunch in the near future.

The table clothes, the staff uniforms, the plates and cutlery - everything is new, and sports a more modern touch.

The opening evening was presided over by H. S. H. Prince Bhisadej Rajanee, as well as the Hon. Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany Hagen Dirksen and many more honorable and illustrious guests. MC of the evening was the MD of Chiangmai Mail, Michael Vogt, who introduced Joerg and Sunisa Eisenschmidt, the energetic couple who after only 2 years in Chiang Mai became an institution and a pillar of the gastronomic, homemade cuisine. Chef Joerg not only prepares the dishes with knowledge, but with his heart. Check it out for yourself and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Never miss a party, and support the German community - Wanpen Dirksen and Hon. Consul Hagen Dirksen together with Sunisa and Joerg.

Anna and Heinz from Austria, along with Lek and Wolfgang from “Lanna House Antiques”, old-time customers and friends of To Nobody’s, came all the way from Mae Rim.

The German-speaking community - Karl-Heinz, Victor, and Dr. Rudi.

The proud proprietors with H.S.H. Prince Bhisadej (center), Khunying M.R. Dacharapirom and Thanpuying M.R. Dacharim, the daughter and wife of His Highness the Prince.

The ribbon, very appropriately prepared of pork sausages, was happily cut by His Highness Prince Bhisadej.


Spiritual minds to meet Imagine there’s convergence of religion

GEORGE SIORIS

In these turbulent times, when the term “religion” is so often hijacked by the proponents of its very antithesis - namely, conflict and strife - an academic initiative to discuss religious topics in the framework of globalization feels like a refreshing breeze. This welcome event is scheduled to take place here in “the Rose of the North,” the cultural capital of Thailand, in July. The project was conceived by the Institute for the Study of Religion and Culture at Payap University in Chiang Mai.

George Sioris, a former ambassador of Greece to Japan, is president emeritus of the Asiatic Society of Japan. He is affiliated with several academic institutions in Japan and elsewhere in Asia.

This institution was established a few years ago as a research center for scholars and others interested in the historical and comparative study of religion and culture. Drawing from the inspiration of some old Christian missionaries to northern Thailand, who were gifted with both proselyting zeal and deep respect for the indigenous streams of spirituality, it aims at furthering the understanding of animism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.

In a sense, the mission of the institution can be grasped in one of the sentences pronounced at its inauguration ceremony by professor John Carman of the Harvard Divinity School: “The ‘we’ that we share does not obliterate our differences, but it may help us to see them in a new light, to recognize the universal claim on our humanity made by so much great religious teaching.”

The forthcoming international conference on “Religion and Globalization” will attract some of the best religious scholars in the world today. The main organizer, the well-known missionary and Professor John Butt of Payap University, and his advisers have come up with five central themes:

* Religious diversity and interfaith relations in a global age;

* Religion in a globalized society;

* Religious reform and reformulation in the global age;

* Historical perspectives in inter-religious interaction, and;

* Philosophical issues in intercultural and inter-religious communication.

The conference will be under the auspices of the institute and the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies. A previous collaboration between the two in Seattle (July 2000) had a different focus, with Protestant, Roman Catholic and Mormon traditions on one side and Thai Buddhist, Tibetan, Taiwanese and Japanese traditions on the other.

A comprehensive structure has been designed for the July conference. There will be key lectures by eminent personalities such as professor Donald Swearer of Pennsylvania; Phra Paisan Wisalo, described as Thailand’s leading reformist monk; Bishop John Shelby Spong of New Jersey; Dharma Master Hsin Tao of Myanmar, the founder of the Museum of World Religions in Taiwan; Samaneri Dhammananda, a noted Thai scholar and nun; Chandra Muzaffar, an Islamic scholar of Malaysia; professor Wesley Ariarajah of Sri Lanka; and Thai former Finance Minister Tarrin.

Several panels, comprising scholars, social activists and others, will elaborate on a series of specific subjects. Finally, dozens of individual papers from a variety of thinkers and researchers will be presented and discussed, involving nine specific thematic groups.


The 12th European Union Film Festival

Programme

Chiangmai: 5 - 15 June 2003

Vista 12 Huaykaew: Tel (053) 404 374, 404 384

I suppose you have already heard that the Oscar for the best foreign film this year went to German director Caroline Link for “Nowhere in Africa”. And as you know, that it is really difficult in Chiang Mai to see films apart from the Hollywood blockbusters, you now have the opportunity to see not only the Oscar awarded German film, but 22 more excellent films from Europe.

“Nowhere in Africa” by Caroline Link

Year released: 2002

Category/Format: Drama, 141 min colour

Principle Cast: Juliane Kohler, Merab Ninidze, Karoline Eckertz

Just before the outbreak of World War II, the German-Jewish Redrich family manages to escape the Nazi terror. Five-year-old Regina begins a new life with her parents, Jettel and Walter, on a small isolated farm in Kenya, where they lead an impoverished existence far removed from their roots in Germany. While Regina discovers the magic of Africa, her parents become desperate in the face of poverty and isolation. For Walter, his inability to cut Germany out of his heart tortures him far more than their economic plight. This remains so even when he becomes certain that the rest of his family in Germany has been murdered by the Nazis.

“The Campus” by Sanke Wortmann

Year released:1998

Category/Format: Comedy, Drama, 125 min colour

Principle Cast: Heiner Lauterbach, Sandra Speichert, Barbara Rudnik

Hanno Hackmann, a professor with a brilliant reputation and the best of prospects to be elected as university president, reflects on his duties as a husband and loving father and wants to end the affair with the attractive student Babsi. But, suddenly, he is at the center of a scandal. Hanno has allegedly raped a student! A sensation from which the disciplinary committee’s chairman Bernie Weskamp hopes to benefit with a hefty hike up the career ladder. A disgrace which comes at just the right moment for the radical feminist and women’s officer Dr. Wagner. And a story that the sensation-seeking press scramble for with every means at their command...

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