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  Ruamkatanyu's coffin donation

 

Thailand

Bangkok's branch of the Ruamkatanyu Foundation (fig.) in  Wat Hua Lampong (fig.), is a centre for coffin donations, i.e. a form of merit making in which people participate in the practice of providing coffins to those who cannot afford them. For a monetary donation, donors who buy a coffin are invited to write their name on a pink slip of paper.

 

After payment, the donor receives a certificate and the pink slip is pasted onto a coffin, accompanied with a prayer. Afterward, the donor goes to a Chinese shrine, adjacent to the Ruamkatanyu Foundation's branch office, to pray once again and to burn the certificate in a bowl. The distribution of the coffins to the needed is further organized by the foundation.

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  Ruamkatanyu's coffin donation