For those facing a run of bad luck and wanting to start things over, one Thai temple has an unusual solution: "rehearse" death with a mock funeral, including lying down in a coffin. Pram Manee temple in Nakorn Nayok province, 107 km northeast of Bangkok, holds two of the rituals every day: at exactly 9:09 a.m. and 1:09 p.m., since the number nine is believed by Thais to bring good luck. Participants in a recent ritual stood in front of their designated coffins, holding flowers and praying for bad luck to go away, then asked to receive good luck. All had paid 180 baht ($6) for the flowers, a white sheet and "merit set" — a collection of necessities sometimes including toothpaste, toothbrushes and food — to be offered to monks, and the promise of a better life ...
Tag Archives | Afterlife
OK, this is some pretty rough stuff. But it really made me think about about how we deal with our deceased in Western countries. I suppose in some ways it’s appropriate for Earth Day. Or Halloween. Take your pick.
NOT FOR SENSITIVE SOULS!
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In a move not seen since the ostentatious days of Egyptian Pharoahs, sane actor Nicolas Cage has done what, to anyone else, appears unreasonable, nay, unthinkable. Despite recently being hit by the IRS, the star of the National Treasure series, among other cinematic treasures Raising Arizona and Leaving Las Vegas, purchased a plot within a historical New Orleans cemetery and constructed a 9-foot pyramid to hold his bodily remains. Many things remain uncertain at this time regarding the Great Pyramid of Louisiana, such as, will Cage be disemboweled and mummified?