Most Khmer people in the remote areas’ villages are the elderly who always prepare the spirit-calling ceremony while there are the deathly pale sick. As soon as we asked them the reason, they would say they just responded to have done the following the ancestor’s tradition to call back the major and minor souls while not inhabiting the human body.
It is such belief that this spirit-calling ceremony has been implemented at night around 7-8 pm through making offerings to the ancestral spirits and other relatives passing away to call back the major and minor souls. Khmer people in the Northeast Thailand sees that a person totally consists of thirty-six souls; minor soul, thirty; major soul, six.
The upland Khmer (Khmer Leur) on the other side of Dang Rek mountain range pay much respects to the souls because people able to survive rely on those major and minor souls which are powerful, even though they cannot see; those are also the ancestral souls.
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