THE AJARN

Ajarn: (Thai: อาจารย์, ) – teacher, master

Under a bank of fluorescent lights, Ajarn Neng taps a long sharp needle onto the hand of a young man in his early twenties. Nearby, a Thailand Post jacket is strewn on the floor. As blood and ink mix together, two assistants firmly stretch out the skin while the young man grimaces and holds back tears. With a warm smile, Ajarn Neng whispers soothing words of encouragement, reassuring him, it will all be over soon.

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