Sanu Wao Isan by Ajahn Moo Sanu Sawan
Featuring Arjan Moo Sanu Sawan, showing the traditional way to make and play Sanu Wao Isaan, creating sound from this almost forgotten instrument of Isaan culture.
The history of Sanu Woa began with local Isaan ‘Rain stopping’ belief for rice post-harvest period, after Loy Krathong. Isan people traditionally used Sanu Wao as a symbolic instrument to pray to their rice field guardian angel. Therefore, playing with Sanu Wao during rainy season is forbidden because Isan people believe that bad karma can occur to their crops when a dry season starts. Unfortunately, Sanu Wao culture and craftsmanship has faded over time, and it is rare to find the original maker nowadays.