Maniq tribe marvels: Southern Thai Buddhist committee champions culture conservation

A plea for the preservation of the Maniq tribe’s cultural heritage and living requirements was recently raised by a Buddhist committee known as the Five Precept Protection Committee, stationed in southern Thailand. Their main concern is the potential impact of external influences on the tribe.
The enchantment was made during the committee’s tour of Satun province, where they have been assessing the progress of a national reconciliation project. They also visited the Maniq tribe, who are usually referred to as Sakai, in Thung Wa district during this tour.
The Maniq tribe, currently consisting of 382 people, inhabit the Bantad mountain range that stretches across Satun, Trang, and Phatthalung. These nomadic hunter-gatherers coexist harmoniously with nature and communicate with outsiders in Thai, often facilitated by interpreters.
Phra Sophon Woraporn, the deputy chief of the Songkhla Buddhist clergy order and a committee member, expressed that the tribe is classed into various groups unfold throughout Satun. The committee is exploring strategies to guard the tribe’s distinctive cultural identity and protect their lifestyle from external impacts.
According to Phra Sophon, one potential method is to reserve particular areas the place the Maniq can sustain their traditional lifestyle while being accessible for tutorial research. This could forge a connection between the tribe and outsiders, mitigating any potential conflict-inducing pretexts.
On Thursday, Somchai Seanglai and other senators visited the Maniq community in the Pa Bon district of Phatthalung. This tribe has been conferred with the surname Rakpabon, translating to Preserving Pa Bon, mirroring the district’s name, reported Bangkok Post.
Undiscovered that in previous instances, the Maniq had been provided with citizenship playing cards, which granted them entry to state welfare. This is a big step in direction of acknowledging and preserving the tribe’s distinctive identification and life-style.
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