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A teenager in the Kayin Anyd Thar Village. Teenagers here do not go to state Burmese school and the King decided to build their own primary school in the village.
The full moon day celebration ends late at night. The only light in the Kayin Anyd Thar Village comes from the moon.
A King's monk preparing the last decorations inside the Hopy Hta Mote where His Majesty will pray for the village.
On the full moon night the King, on top of his regal litter, circles the holy Hta Mote nine times. After this walk he goes inside the holy temple to address the village with his prayer.
An image of King Phoe Takhit in a little shrine where local villagers of Kayin Anyd Thar Village give offerings and praise him.
Devotes of the King sit outside the Hta Mote listening the prayers coming out of the speakers.
At Kayin Anyd Thar Village horses are free to roam the surroundings. According to the old Karen traditions the presence of cows, buffalos, horses, and elephants in the village, is sacred .
A local Karen villager prepares the speakers for the full moon night prayer.
Villagers from Kayin Anyd Thar Village pray in front of their King, during the ceremony of a wedding celebrated on the full moon day.
King King Phoe Takhit blessing one of the villagers during the holy festivities of the rainy season's full moon.
A newlywed couple perform a traditional rituals around a tree. They tie tree trunks with twine which symbolises a strong union.
The monks, chosen by the King, are the only ones allowed to enter on the holy Hta Mote, where the King prays on the night of the rainy season full moon.
Two villagers walk and pray around the holy Hta Mote, a bamboo fenced field with a red Pagoda style building in the middle, from where the King give his sermons.
A young girl decorates the grave of the King's father during the full moon celebrations.
A Young monk rides a horse during the holy full moon of May when all the village prays for a new and prosperous harvest season.
King Phoe Tha Khit and his 'right hand man' walk around the village observing the full moon ceremony preparations.
A giant concrete painted statue of King Phoe Tha Khit situated at the entrance of the village.
Villagers of Kayin Anyd Thar live inbetween modernity and very ancient rituals and rules designed by the King.
A villager performing her "Bao", a kind of spiritual withdrawal for 12 days during two weeks around raining season full moon. In the back is the holy Hta Mote building.
Two boys chosen by the King to take care of his pets. At Kayin Anyd Thar Village the King is regarded as a divinity.