Sunday, August 11, 2013

Life passages

New baby - no showers ahead of time but relatives bring gift sit the hospital and much help is given in the home until the 1 month birthday when a huge party is held.

Wedding - there is no religious ceremony, just the registrar. At the party the couple kneels and friends put drops of weather on the joined hands for good wishes.

Funeral - the body is not embalmed but lies in the temple for a period of time for the family to honor before cremation. In the case of royalty that can be a year or more.  After cremation, the ashes are divided, with some going into the water, some to the earth and some to shrines near the local Wat. The family asks the local priest to say prayers at the death, and regularly honor the deceased with food offerings to the Wat on the death anniversary.


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