Boxing rings are set up in forest clearings and villages along the Thai-Burma border in April, during the Buddhist New Year. Thirty kilometres south of Mae Sot, a Thai town on the Burmese border, a ring is erected at a Thai village temple for a day of celebration. Burmese villagers wade across the shallow Moei River that follows the border. Community elders from surrounding villages are received ceremoniously with offerings of water into their cupped hands.

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