A Very Public Cleansing.


It’s been a pleasure and privilege working on this very unusual and somewhat disturbing audio project with Peter Jenx of The Thai Occult books. After some editing, applying various filters and mastering I’ve hopefully improved and enhanced the finished audio that can be heard in the file below. There is a warning in advance that the lady heard in the field recording by Peter below being cleansed is screaming for over a minute very loudly indeed.

I’ve personally experienced spiritually cleansing baths with Ajarn Suea on two of my pilgrimages to Thailand. I discuss one of these in my blog My Second Thai Occult Road Trip; A Second Step on the Stairway to Somewhere Else; “Ajarn Suea’s legendary Serm Duang ritual cleansing bath has completely re-set me in more ways than one. The shock of the holy water and the specially prepared elements removed any residual defilement that hung around me. I highly recommend it. I feel numerous dynamic and authoritative presences coursing and writhing around my body and mind, making decisions, talking to me, guiding me and empowering me.”

However, my experience did not elicit anywhere near what you are about to hear in the field recording. I cannot say whether this specific cleansing took the form of a bath or as I have seen on a video Ajarn Klongkarn using a wand along with chanting placed onto various areas of the back, which has provoked dry retching from the person being cleansed. Peter Jenx, the author and photographer of The Thai Occult books who is currently in the process of writing an exciting new work takes up the story about this very public cleansing from here; “At the Tai Yai temple we have been visiting for interviews we captured this by accident from a monk cleansing a lady nearby. The Phra Ajarn we were chatting to found it most amusing but it sounds like The Exorcist meets heavy porn. The photo is of Phra Ajarn blessing some amulets.”

Photo and field recording: Peter Jenx.

Editing, restoration and mastering: Sheer Zed.

Published by: Sheer Zed

• Writer • Shaman • Electronic Musician • Artist • Born in Newport, South Wales, Sheer Zed started singing at the age of six. He showed an interest in audio production, producing experimental tape shows in his bedroom at the age of eleven and started to write songs at sixteen. With a strong leaning to electronic based music, Sheer Zed recorded an industrial electronic album "Electro-Punk ’86" during the mid 1980’s. Festivals and numerous radio shows such as The Séance, The Dark Outside, The Phantom Circuit, The Numbers Broadcast, Frome FM's Homely Remedies and The Alrealon Musique Show have all featured Sheer Zed’s peculiar brand of outsider electronics. For over thirty years Sheer Zed has worked with many artists, collectives and groups. Numerous compilations such as Terse Greetings 2015 from Australia’s Severed Heads, Several by Several (a compilation supporting the late great John Several), the 95 track Hope Not Hate compilation promoting peace and tolerance and the Sombre Soniks Dark Ambient compilations have all featured Sheer Zed’s music. Sheer Zed has published articles on his personal experiences in the occult ritualistic aspects of shamanism and Thai Lanna Buddhism in the magazines Indie Shaman, TQ zine, Zazen Sounds, Rituals and Declarations and on the Folklore Thursday website. He is a practicing Buddhist and shaman, exploring the realm of sound through ritual, mantras and sound design. Sheer Zed also has contributed to the 2019-20 exhibition Do You Believe in Magic? at Bristol Museum. Sheer Zed has gone on three pilgrimages to Thailand and is currently working on various papers within his fields of interest while producing music and creating art •

Categories Ajarns, Buddhism, Consciousness, Exorcism, Field Recordings, Magical Thinking, Occult, Ritual, Shamanism, Spiritual Cleansing, Thai Lanna Buddhism, ThailandLeave a comment

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