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The final part of the ceremonies and rites. A northern #Thailand funeral. With pics 4 of 4

30/01/2015

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Preparing the last set of fireworks which will be let off as the body is being cremated.

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Here we see the monks putting the flowers they were given on a tray. It will be taken to the crematorium oven and placed on the body before burning.

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Moving the coffin to the crematorium. The immediate family will have viewed the body out of sight of all those present. In many funerals a queue forms and all mourners sprinkle holy water on the body as they say their last goodbyes. That did not happen here.

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After the coffin is placed in the oven the lid is removed and taken to the open funeral pyre. The castle structure, now without the coffin,  is laid on it and set alight.

Other families, particularly if poorer, still use an open pyre for cremations. Some aristocratic families still use that method. This family did not.

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The flames are now really taking hold.

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The family wai the mourners after all those present have placed their incense sticks on the tray in front of the coffin.

 

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By tradition, nobody looks back at the still burning pyre. Superstition states that to do so will allow evil spirits to follow you home.

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