Saturday, April 25, 2009

Thai Funeral and Cremation Rites

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Buddhist monks chant at the home of the deceased whose body lay in a wooden casket, inside a special silver and black refrigerated unit.


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Monks chanting and the passing of the string while daughter of the deceased makes special offering in honor of her father.

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Removing the casket from the refrigerated unit on the hearse and carrying the casket to the crematorium.


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Taking the top of the casket allowing for ceremonies that follow.


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Monks pour coconut water over the body in an act of symbolically washing the corps.


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The family of the deceased symbolically wash and bless their father's corps.


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Monks lay a small bundle containing a stick of incense, a candle and matches, on the wooden casket, therein symbolically lighting the cremation fire.


For the final ceremony involving the scattering of the ashes, go to my July 2206 blog at:

http://thailandtales.blogspot.com/

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