Trekking through hill-tribe villages in north Thailand
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Thailand still has large ethnic hill-tribe communities thriving in their villages throughout the north. They live off the land and their bizarre religion (mixing Buddhism and Animism) is largely based on the seasons and the elements that our world provides. They openly believe in spirits and ghosts. A little money is important, but textile making and trading is largely how they survive in our developing world. They are still hunters and gatherers and have learned to raise animals and farm. Tourists have become welcomed since we bring money in our pockets. I got to spend a few days living among them.
We started with an elephant ride along the river through the plush mountainside hills.
Arriving at the bamboo hut villages was an amazing site. And, now I can actually imagine what it is like to live in a bamboo house. Material possession for these folk are usless, and therefore meaningless. One night, I sat excitedly next to Jakay to show him my iPod and all the music and photos it had on it.
Somehow, sleeping under the stars has a whole new meaning to me after this journey. I've gazed up into the sparkling dark heavens while walking in the barren coldness of central Turkey, meditating on the enormous slopes of the Himalayas, laying in the soft sands of the Indian desert, floating on the peaceful backwaters of south India and sleeping next to beautiful streams in the jungles of north Thailand. Looking up there makes me wonder what this world is all about - what my role is on this planet - and why I am here, now - in 2008. It makes me ask many questions. Questions that I can't answer. But, questions that force me to search with effort if I truly want to know the answers. And, searching for these answers is a quest that sometimes seems overwhelming. Isn't this what my entire journey is about - searching for answers? Well then, why does it seem like there are always more questions than answers? All I know is that it is the questions that are guiding me forward......