Alex Mousan

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Baci Ceremony
Location: New Orleans
Nationality: United States
Biography: Alex M Sanchez (Alex Mousan) is a documentary photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Miami, Florida. Growing up with a diverse background (Nicaraguan, Panamanian and Middle Eastern heritage) gave her the skills to engage with people from... read on
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Baci Ceremony
Copyright alex mousan 2021
Updated 08/24/20
Panor, Luang Prabang, Laos
December 2017

An elderly Khmu woman prepares a traditional centerpiece for a Baci Ceremony in Panor. A Baci Ceremony (also Basi) is specific to Laotian custom practiced for hundreds of years.
The ceremony involves tying of white cotton strings around person’s wrists and a prayer saying or well wishing for the person that the ceremony is intended for.
The term commonly used during the Baci ceremony is “Sou Khuan” which means “spirit enhancing” or “spirit calling.” The whole village is called to come out and well wish the travelers.
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