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Monday, 29 September 2008

Thaa Yai 2008, saying goodbye, Wat Plai Laem

Thaa Yai 2008, saying goodbye, Wat Plai Laem

Two weeks ago I reported about Thaa Yai in Wat Plai Laem and described how the deceased are welcomed back to 'our earth' for a short while.
Today it was time to say goodbye again to the deceased and 'send' them back. This also meant that we had to get up very early again. The children and me got up at 5.30 am and my wife woke up at 2 am to start cooking.

As with the welcoming Thaa Yai, sending the deceased back is also done with copious amounts of food. Here's the food for the monks, spread out over plenty of plates.

The big plates of food with the little white flags on them. The white flags contain messages for the deceased.

This is what it's all about, the places around the Bot where all the mini urns are kept. There is a short ceremony of each individual family member to commemorate the deceased.


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