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Funeral

งานศพ or "GNAN SOP" means ceremony for deceased persons. A feast is organised to honor the deceased person. The ceremony date is scheduled by monks.

Once the body has been cremated and ashes stored in a small pagoda, regular ceremonies including giving food to deceased relative do happen.
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Food is offered in front of the small pagoda ("CHEDI" - เจดีย์) where bones and ashes are kept.
Buddhist cemetary
Many pagoda are present in this cemetary located inside the compound of the Buddhist temple.
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
The cemetary includes Buddhist pagodas but also Chinese type small buildings to store ashes.
Buddhist cemetary
Despite being inside the Buddhist temple compound, the cemetary is separated through a wall.
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist temple
Such ceremonies can be called "SAK BANG SUKUL" (ชักบังสุกุล) and do happen around Songkran period.
Buddhist temple
Water is also poured on the soil to give good deeds to dead people.
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Ceremony is over and then food is left behind.
Buddhist cemetary
Before leaving, Thai people sometimes warn the caretaker of the temple or the cemetery.
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Poor people from the neighbourhood come to get the food. It is good deed towards dead people and good deed towards poor people.
Buddhist cemetary
Offerings include food (steamed rice, chicken, shrimps, fruits, dessert such as mango sticky rice, spicy sauce, fish, vegetables...), flowers and lit incense sticks.
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetary
Buddhist cemetaries are always peaceful but Thai people avoid them at nighttimes due to spirits beliefs.
Buddhist cemetary


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