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photoblog image Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 6

Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 6

A close up of the text inscribed on the glass cover to an alcove containing the ashes of a departed family member. Almost all such photos were in black and white, and there have been no recent additions, so I surmise that now this feature of storing ashes has been stopped.

Wat Chaiyamangalaram - 6

A close up of the text inscribed on the glass cover to an alcove containing the ashes of a departed family member. Almost all such photos were in black and white, and there have been no recent additions, so I surmise that now this feature of storing ashes has been stopped.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 13 Aug 2017, 00:23
Wonderful image, Ayush.

In up-country Thailand, after cremation, relics are placed in a brass urn, housed inside a family Stupa which is usually situated inside the grounds of the local temple.

This tradition lives on, and I expect what is left of my bones after cremation will eventually rest in the Stupa of Na's family at the temple just a short distance from our home.
Ayush Basu: I believe you have shared photos of the urn storage stupa in the past, Ray. I have toyed with the idea if medically anything can be salvaged at the end of my life (eyes for example). In India, perhaps you are aware, the Hindu dead are bounded for the electric crematoriums, the Muslim, Christian and Parsi dead are buried.
A beautiful urn...
Ayush Basu: It actually is, Larry.
  • Chris
  • No Nowhere
  • 13 Aug 2017, 07:23
Nice urn Ayush
Ayush Basu: I thought so too, Chris. Rather cheery looking considering its function.
Nice detail into their history, Ayush...
Ayush Basu: I am pleased you found it interesting, Sudipto.
I like the idea. Perhaps there is no more room here and the present site is elsewhere.
Ayush Basu: You are correct, Mary. And you can see that in the coming posts.
This habit of including photos of the deceased is something I've come across whilst travelling in continental Europe.
Ayush Basu: I did have some questions about the techniques used in preparing the face of a person on a slab or a tile, Brian.
It is something that I don't think I have ever seen anything like in the UK Ayush.
Ayush Basu: It is somewhat unusual to my eyes as well, Bill.
It's quite beautiful, Ayush, isn't it!
Ayush Basu: Considering its function, yes very beautiful, Ginnie.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Aug 2017, 08:36
A lasting memoriam to the long departed.
Ayush Basu: I like your summary, Alan.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 14 Aug 2017, 08:50
I am surprised that the dedication is in English, Ayush
Ayush Basu: Penang is a place that has historically seen a fair number of English residents and has had trade and commerce with the world, I suppose that could be a reason. I also wonder if it is a compromise of sorts, since this is a Thai temple whereas the 'residents' here are ethnic Chinese.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Aug 2017, 09:51
Very interesting. The month has no name, they are just numbered.
Ayush Basu: I know even today, some ethnic Chinese will follow the lunar calendar and based on that, for some days they will shun meat in their food.
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 14 Aug 2017, 10:43
my husband was saying he wants his ashes pressurized into a diamond and then shot into space smile i didn't ask him why lol
Ayush Basu: grin
Now that is a thought, Elaine!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Aug 2017, 12:02
This is wonderful, what a great tribute. I love the way how they mention the moon as a time reference. Beautiful urn too.
Ayush Basu: I found it beautiful too, Astrid. I particularly liked this lady's photo and I do get the feeling her descendants think of her often.
An intimate view.
Ayush Basu: I was fascinated by this photo of the deceased lady, Michael.
Nice detail, Ayush.
Ayush Basu: Thank you, Tom.
That is a sweet remembrance.
Ayush Basu: Indeed, Michael. I like the thought behind the text.
I hope I won't have a nightmare tonight! Ha
Ayush Basu: I hope you do not, LC!

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