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Published on Dec 4, 2014
Funeral procession and cremation of the Abbot of Wat Phakao in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Abbot Pra Kru Monkon Ratano Pas was born June 15, 1924. Ordained as novice monk 1936 at age 12 from which he remained enrobed throughout his life.
His elaborate funeral was due to his 68 years in monkhood, the high rank bestowed to him in 1996, and by Lanna custom. By an ancient Lanna code, the mythical creature “Has-a-dee-link'' as the bearer of the coffin is strictly reserved for royal and high ranking monk funerals. Has-a-dee-link is depicted as having the head of an elephant and the body of a phoenix. The coffin is either born atop or enshrined within such wood and paper sculpture . Such iconography implies a sacred transport to the afterlife.
Public cremations are generally reserved for persons of high status. We were privileged to be able to attend and document this event.