Talk:บายศรี

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Ceremony[edit]

Isn't this the "sacred thread ceremony" of Thai and Lao culture? I've never heard of the food. 24.29.228.33 17:15, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

I only know it as an offering of cooked rice under a conical arrangement of folded leaves and flowers. Sometimes it may be topped with a boiled egg, but sometimes it is the conical arrangement of leaves and flowers only, and no rice. It’s used during weddings and other auspicious ceremonies. —Stephen 17:33, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

It's this one:

24.29.228.33 19:48, 25 June 2009 (UTC)

Apparently บายศรี is a borrowing from Sanskrit, where it means "sacred thread". ศรี must be from श्री (śrī, sacred), but I’m not sure where บาย is from ... possibly from उपवीतम् (upavītam, thread), but I think there are other words that mean thread. So perhaps the rice offering is just a part of the ceremony, but it is unclear how it fits together. —Stephen 00:25, 26 June 2009 (UTC)