Monday, June 6, 2011

'Dying' to live again

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At Wat Prommanee temple in Thailand's Nakhon Nayok province, about 100km east of Bangkok, hundreds of Buddhist believers take turns climbing into one of nine coffins at 9.09am and 1.09pm every day.

The unusual resurrection service lasts about 90 seconds for each group and is believed to wash away bad luck and prolong life.

Once in the coffins, visitors hold a banquet of flowers, whisper some prayers, then lie down and "die".

Monks pass a white cloth over the coffins, triggering the symbolic death and sucking up the bad karma.




Trongduangtum Pratchaneeyaporn, a 36-year-old businesswoman, lays in a coffin during a religious ceremony at Wat Prommanee temple in Nakhon Nayok province May 28, 2011.


Buddhist monks stand beside coffins as people lay in them at Wat Prommanee temple in Nakhon Nayok province May 28, 2011.









A woman lays in a coffin at Wat Prommanee temple in Nakhon Nayok province May 28, 2011. Hundreds of Buddhist believers pay a small fee to lay in nine pink coffins at 9:09 am and 1:09 pm everyday during the unusual daily resurrection service that they believe will wash away bad luck and prolong life.

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