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Pictures for my previous “End of a Life” WordPress blog

The biggest difference that you may notice between Thai and western funerals is the community involvement. The rites extend over several days and not just on the day of the funeral.

All friends and neighbours get involved and is another example of the Thai need for social contact within the family and community.

The pictures reinforce the cultural differences described in End of a Life. Very different from how we view death and funerals in the West.

Today’s blog shows the community in action: quite an operation given the number of mourners attending the week-long rites.

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Thailand pics described in “Thailand Take Two”

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Illustrations for the chapter “The End of a Life” from Thailand Take Two. More pics on Wednesday, Friday and at the weekend.

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Photos of the funeral procession pulling the cortege. The eldest son is always nearest the coffin. The catafalque is so high poles need to be used so that Dta Sompet’s coffin can pass under the electricity wires.

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The photo above is at the crematorium, a friend making merit to a member of the family. More photos on Wednesday.

The pics illustrate a chapter “The end of a Life” in THAILAND TAKE TWO by Matt Owens Rees

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More pics on #Thailand funeral culture

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More pics on Wednesday

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The entire village came at one time or another during the daily rites leading up to the cremation. No caterers to provide food for the mourners: friends and neighbours all lent a hand. Given the numbers quite a challenge operationally. The monks eat separately.

This is a typical northern Thai funeral for a middle class family but numbers attending funerals are high throughout Thailand. The form of the funeral and cremation can vary by region.

More details in my blog “The End of a Life”

More pics tomorrow and Wednesday

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The Monks Do It Their Way

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#Thailand never fails to surprise

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Books on Thailand’s Culture and Lifestyle

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A one-stop site where you can access your favourite book retailer for downloads or free samples

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Two new books will be released on 25 December to complete the series of titles on Thailand’s culture and lifestyle.

They will complement the earlier works on Thailand Take Two, The Thai Way of Meekness, and Escape to Thailand.

Thailand Take Two covers in chapter form the main concepts of cultural differences between Thai and western cultures. It is a readable anthropology that provides an accurate overview of Thailand, warts and all. Perhaps unlike a travel guide, it does not ignore the less pleasant or undesirable aspects of life here. In that regard, it is a useful counter to the normal travel books available to those who visit the country. Handy to read in parallel with whatever guidebook you choose. .

A Thailand Diary brings out many of the same points but in a lighter form. In its pages, you will be introduced to authentic Thais who will comment in their…

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Pictures for “The End of a Life”

Matt Owens Rees:

Illustrates my blog post “The End of a Life” More of the 72 pictures to be posted in the coming weeks. Next set on Wednesday

Originally posted on Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer:

A previous blog – “The End of a Life” described a typical middle class Thai funeral with its quite different customs from what we see in the West. The blog was an extract from a chapter in Thailand Take Two available in eBook and print format.

There are 72  pictures and I will post a few each day on this blog.

They are not in any order.

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Thailand pics described in “Thailand Take Two”

Photos of the funeral procession pulling the cortege. The eldest son is always nearest the coffin. The catafalque is so high poles need to be used so that Dta Sompet’s coffin can pass under the electricity wires.

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The photo above is at the crematorium, a friend making merit to a member of the family. More photos on Wednesday.

The pics illustrate a chapter “The end of a Life” in THAILAND TAKE TWO by Matt Owens Rees

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