A devout Buddhist, Chayootm Sirinantpaiboon became a monk when his mother passed away. But the activist for HIV/AIDS rights soon grew critical of the message that was taught inside the walls of the wat.
For centuries the mediums of Rasi Salai have made a pact with ancient spirits, allowing their bodies to be borrowed for a taste of the physical realm in return for visions and wisdom from the otherworld.
More than two decades after a lush wetland forest disappeared into a man-made reservoir, the people of Rasi Salai still feel ripples. Having lost their traditional livelihoods to the dam, they are determined not to let it swallow up their cultural traditions as well.