A short film clip of Buddhist death rituals for the living at Vat Khu Tai near Chiang Mai, Thailand. Performing short versions of death rituals for the living is an old practice in Thailand which has recently seen a revival. People believe that participating in these rituals will allow them to shed bad luck (khro) or to trick spirits that may have invaded their bodies. Going through the rituals that Buddhist monks conduct during funeral ceremonies is believed to offer a new start in life, a rebirth while still alive. During these rituals people lay down, either on the floor or in a real coffin, and hold a bunch of flowers. They are then covered with a white or red cloth and the monks chant a short text usually recited during funerals and bone collections.
This film was created as part of the 'Bristol Buddhist Death Project' which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and based at the University of Bristol. For more information please visit bris.ac.uk/religion/buddhist-centre/projects/bdr
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