Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Great Balls of Fire!

Today, I asked my taxi driver from Northeast Thailand about his Buddha statuette with the seven-headed serpent, or Naga, surrounding Buddha's head. He took the opportunity to talk about the annual Bang Fai Phaya Nak Festival taking place this week in Nong Khai province near the border of Laos where fireballs shoot up from the Mekong River. As Thai legend has it, this phenomenon is created by a Naga living under the river. Since moving to Thailand, I've heard all about this extremely well-attended festival that features hundreds of flaming orbs rising up from the water. I've never been to the festival, but I hope to go someday to see Thailand's very own flame-throwing Loch Ness Monster.