Thai village reveres hermits

An article in the Bangkok Post is titled Isolated village reveres hermits: Ancient Karen settlement which adheres to strict tribal customs and beliefs is about as far from civilisation as you can get.”

The article describes an isolated Karen village on the mountainous Thailand-Myanmar border believed to be a century old. The villagers lives a simple Buddhist life and are governed or presided over by a succession of hermits, ten to date. The hermits have convinced the villagers to adhere to Buddhist ethics and eschew alcohol and animals as food. So isolated is the village that local Thai police serve as their liaison, helping teach children, bring medicines, and instruct in the Thai language. Includes photos.