Remembering the suppression of the “Phi Bun” Rebellion 120+1 years on
The tale of resistance surrounding Isaan’s Holy Man Rebellion in Ubon Ratchathani province, called “The Battle of Non Pho,” was passed down from generation to generation. Much folklore and many poems recalled the event of 121 years ago. Non Pho was a killing field, shelled by the government’s cannons, where over 400 people died. Local residents hope to build a local history museum in order to memorialize the tragic history of that day, one that has otherwise been fading.
Atithep Chanthet is a videographer and journalist based in Northeast Thailand. He was a participant of The Isaan Journalism Project 2017 organized by The Isaan Record. He has been a regular contributor since 2017.
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It was also where locals were educated politically, and was a critical and important point in the political development in Isaan.
The Isaan Record visits the site to learn about the life of those who searched for enlightenment, living as communists in the vast forest; those who reflect on what they learned after living in Dong Phra Jao.