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Rituals and traditions at a funeral in #Thailand. The #culture explained with over 60 photos.

02/02/2015

One of my Friday blog posts

Matt.Owens.Rees; Thailand Writer

Paying respect at an upper class funeral in northern Thailand.

300,000 mourners and over 30 monks in 8 days of funeral rites culminating in the final goodbye on Thursday at the crematorium. Pictures are in sequence.

Although it was the funeral of a rich Thai, the extended family (the deceased had ten children) included people from all walks of life: rice farmers, taxi drivers, government officials, and those with no permanent work. As well as the more prosperous members of the family, which traces its origins back to the founders of Thailand’s biggest newspaper group, less well-off members attended with friends and neighbours in the local community. But all mingling and talking together because of their family and community links.

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One of the wreaths, from a family related to the King. It has first place among all the others from local and national institutions and businesses. Many people in high…

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