Ban Grong Greng

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Ban Grong Greng
บ้านโกรงเกรง
(English: Village of the Dreaded Gong)
Village
Chedi at Wat Grung See Jayrin in Ban Grong Greng
Chedi at Wat Grung See Jayrin in Ban Grong Greng
Ban Grong Greng is located in Thailand
Ban Grong Greng
Ban Grong Greng
Coordinates: 16°36′30″N 100°22′30″E / 16.60833°N 100.37500°E / 16.60833; 100.37500Coordinates: 16°36′30″N 100°22′30″E / 16.60833°N 100.37500°E / 16.60833; 100.37500
Country Thailand
Province Phitsanulok
Amphoe Bang Krathum
Tambon Nakhon Pa Mak
Area
 • Total 20.9 km2 (8.1 sq mi)
 • Agricultural use 14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,881
 • Density 90/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone Thailand (UTC+7)
Postal code 65110
Chief watercourse Canal to Ban Sam Ruen

Ban Grong Greng (Thai: บ้านโกรงเกรง) is a rural village in the northwest portion of the Nakhon Pa Mak subdistrict of Bang Krathum District of Phitsanulok Province, Thailand.

Etymology[edit]

The first element ban (Thai: บ้าน) means village. [1] The second element grong (Thai: โกรง) is an onomatopoeia for the sound of a gong, analogous to the word gong in English. The third element greng (Thai: เกรง) means dread. [1] Loosely translated, Ban Grong Greng means village of the dreaded gong. This is because a gong is beaten during funeral processions at the village's temple in accordance with the local custom. The name Grong Greng is an example of an alliteration.

Geography[edit]

Ban Grong Greng is situated near the center of Nakhon Pa Mak on a canal which meets the Wang Thong River at Ban Sam Ruen. This canal comes to a fork at Ban Grong Greng where another canal leads to Ban Dongphayom and beyond.[2] Ban Grong Greng lies within the Nan Basin, which is part of the Chao Phraya Watershed. Ban Grong Greng has the greatest population out of the 8 villages in Nakhon Pa Mak, and it encompasses the most land area as well.

Wat Grung See Jayrin[edit]

Wat Grung See Jayrin (Thai: วัดกรุงศรีเจริญ), which means temple of the city of renowned progress, is more commonly referred to simply as Wat Grong Greng (Thai: วัดโกรงเกรง). [3] This Theravada Buddhist temple is where villagers of Ban Grong Greng and surrounding villages hold their funeral ceremonies. Funerals at Wat Grong Greng involve a procession around the temple, chanting and meditation, and burning of the deceased's body. Prior to a funeral at Grong Greng, families typically hold a wake in the deceased's home where family, friends and neighbors can pay their respects to the deceased. Items brought to the wake, such as flower arrangements, photographs of the deceased, and mementos from the deceased's life are carried in the funeral procession. Black clothing is customarily worn by those in mourning, if available. Religious activities and ceremonies other than funerals are typically held at nearby Wat Sam Ruen in Ban Sam Ruen.

Architecture[edit]

The style of the chedi at Wat Grung See Jayrin is influenced by earlier Thai pagodas, such as those found in the ruins of Ayutthaya. This style was imported from Sri Lanka during the rule of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great along with Theravada Buddhism. Later, King Ramathibodi I went on to make Theravada Buddhism the official religion of the kingdom of Ayutthaya. [4] The ceremonial funeral chants at Wat Grong Greng are likewise in Pali, the language of prayer of the Ceylonese Buddhist monastic community, [5] members of which Ramkhamhaeng imported from Sri Lanka to teach Theravada Buddhism to his subjects in Thailand. [6] Strikingly similar architecture can be found in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. [7]

Wat Grung See Jayrin School[edit]

Wat Grung See Jayrin School, at Wat Grung See Jayrin, is one of Nakhon Pa Mak's four elementary schools.

Literary References[edit]

A Wat Grong Greng is mentioned in a work entitled เรื่องจริงอิงนิทาน เล่ม 1 (which loosely translates to first book of traditionally passed down stories) by Rasilingdam (Thai: ฤาษีลิงดำ). [8]

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