Greetings CA Forums,
I am a twenty-five year old American currently living in Thailand. The original reason for my visit was a pursuit of my training in Muay Thai (thai boxing that permits kicking, punching, elbows and knees, while standing.) My stay has been beneficial in many other ways. Today for the first time in the two months that I’ve been here I was taught the Wai Kru. This is a ceremonial dance that most fighters perform in Thailand before a boxing match.
During the dance you start in your corner, you bow and connect hands in prayer. You make a light jabbing motion three times, the fist ascends after each punch. I learned after the training (on Wikipedia) that the three jabs are basically a shout-out to the Buddha, Rama, and sangha of monks. I prayed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Islam is more predominate than Christianity in this part of south-east Asia, I had heard before that some Muslims modify the Wai Kru for religious purposes, so my actions were improvised as I didn’t know I’d be learning this today.) You walk to each corner of the ring and follow these same actions (supposedly to seal the ring off from negative energy or spirits.) Then you enter the center of the ring, do a slight dance at the same time as your opponent and alternate between dancing and praying (in threes again, so again I prayed in the name of the Father, Son and Holy spirit.) After you’ve repeated this step facing each direction of the ring you return to your corners, sometimes one fighter may fire an imaginary bow at you and you’re to dodge or block the arrow. I’ve seen some fighters just stand there ignoring it, particularly those who don’t perform a Wai Kru.
Does this dance ritual sound intrinsically sinful or a near occasion of sin to you? If it does or does not, please explain why using as much doctrine, logic, or scripture as possible. I did not feel the same sensation that I feel when I have full knowledge of doing something that is a grave matter. The dance brought a sense of peace and not unease over me. Thank you for your respectful opinions and let us please not turn this into a debate over the morality of martial arts in general. I am a consenting adult who is practicing a sport that guarantees no more injury than running or any other high impact sport. Have a great day and may the Lord be with you!