Mar 19, 2018 Release Date:
90 min Runtime:
Spirit of Muay Thai Synopsis:
Spirit of Muay Thai is a documentary movie. The movie is about the camps history and corruption of muay thai in its native land. a brief primer on the ghosts and spirits of Muay Thai, as told by Boom Watthanaya, a fighter from central Isaan in Thailand’s rural eastern region. Ghosts are like humans—some are good, some are bad. The belief is that after people die, those who lived a good life and made merit will be reincarnated into a better life. The spirits of the bad people who sinned, though, will be caught in this world. Since they didn’t make enough merit while they were human, they have to make merit now in their ghost form before they can leave. There are ghosts everywhere, even in a Muay Thai gym. Some of them are wandering spirits, some are ghosts of old teachers who have passed away and still protect the gym, or ghosts of departed friends, family, and others from the community. As fighters, we’re raised from an early age to look to ghosts for protection during fights. It’s just part of our beliefs, part of the structure of fighting. It might be a literal belief for some fighters but I think for others, it’s more symbolic.
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