[P]eople offer daily food to priests [and] they frequently describe it as an act done on behalf of their families. When they make merit in the weekly temple observances by placing rice in the priests’ alms bowls, members of the family frequently form a tail behind the member distributing rice, each one touching the person in front of him, thus sharing the merit.

  • Source: Ingersoll, Jasper Cooke. “Merit and identity in village Thailand” in Change and persistence in Thai society : essays in honor of Lauriston Sharp, edited by G. William Skinner and A. Thomas Kirsch, pp. 218-251. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1975.
  • Culture: Central Thai
  • Location: Asia