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A #Thailand funeral. Northern Thai death rituals and customs. Family life & community. Part 2 of 4. Don’t miss the other 3

30/01/2015

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The three naen (young monks), who  became monks on the day of their great grandfather’s death and will remain in the monkhood for three more days as an act of merit, are seated at the top right of the picture-  behind the full monks.

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Lighting the candles

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Making an offering

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The village elder leading the opening chants. He will be followed by the head monk (luang paw in Thai). Later all the monks will join in.

 

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The youngest member of the family

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Offering incense sticks to the monks, placed on top of the gifts of merit already placed in front of them.

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With shoes off and making a wai, a family member offers incense at the coffin.

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Formally passing the gifts laid out before them to the monks, the closest family members first.

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Lay people taking the gifts back to the monks’ cars.

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Starting to pull the catafalque, family nearest the coffin.

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The cortege

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The monks always head the procession, they are taking the deceased to the final rites. The really heavy pulling has been done by those behind them. Their pulling is largely symbolic.

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The wreaths and photo of the great grandfather. Traditionally the younger members of the family take this role.

 

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