Funeral for the living
Service hours: twice a day at 9:09a.m, and 1:09 p.m. Price: 180 baht (6$) for flowers, a white sheet and a merit. Pram Manee Temple in Nakorn Nayok conduct funeral for the living to cleanse your mind from the past and have a fresh start. Wat Proman, in Bangkok offers the same service.
Wat Pram Manee - a temple in Nakorn Nayok. and Wat Proman - a temple in Bangkok
Wat Proman, in Bangkok – Thailand is offering a ritual of lying in the coffins while the monks chant prayers to help you believing you are cleansed of your past and ready for a new life.
A cardboard sign warns visitors not to stand behind the coffins, where bad karma sucked from the "dying" may still be hovering. This temple has been offering its unusual daily resurrection service for more than three years and its popularity seems to be ever growing.
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"...Many things in life require rehearsals but for most of us, death isn't among them. The idea of renewal and starting again is experienced every year in nature with the change of seasons, but for the human mind it is a more difficult phenomenon.
The Pram Manee Temple in Nakorn Nayok province, which is located 107 km northeast of Bangkok, Thailand, has developed a rather bizarre but nevertheless workable solution for the human mind to cleanse itself of the past and begin again.
The concept involves rehearsing death with a mock funeral, which includes lying down in a coffin.
The temple conducts two such rituals every day at very specific times; 9:09a.m. and 1:09 p.m. Thais believe the number 9 to hold particular positive significance.
The ritual is as much psychological and it is physical. Flowers and prayers for bad luck to disappear comprise the ceremony in which participants pay 180 baht ($US 6) for flowers, a white sheet and a "merit set," which is akin to a tool kit for necessities such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and food.
This meager collection is offered to monks as part of the promise for a simpler, better life.
The ceremony begins with a prayer for the dead, which dissipates all bad things. Participants must lie in their coffins as a monk pulls a white sheet over it.
"The monk will turn the sheet over and pull it back, like pulling the good things back in. First we push the bad luck away, then we put the good things in," says Rin Manaboom, a monk at the temple who conducts the ceremonies.
Participants remain in their designated coffins while monks chant prayers over them. After these invocations, they emerge as if from a cocoon from their resting places and are blessed with holy water.
For some, the ritual is a frequent occurrence; for others it is a once in a lifetime experience.
To each his own and who is to say what powers ease the complexities of the human mind?
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