Coffin Donation : A Thai Culture

by Terry Chua January. 09, 2018 875 views

Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand

When a death occurs at an unfortunate scene, a rescue team will help to clear and clean up the site. For unclaimed/unidentified victims or family who can't afford the cost of death rites, coffins will be provided from the funds that's donated by donors. The Ruamkatanyu Foundation (Yi De Tang) in Bangkok is one of such charity run mostly by voluntary workers.

Many Thai people believe that coffin donation for the dead is the act of making merit because the coffin is meant for victims to have a proper burial. There's no minimum amount thou there's a rate for donating coffin or other welfare items. Even if you don't speak or understand Thai language, the place is label with English and Mandarin instruction to guide you through the donation and prayer process.

A local lady filling up her donation slip.

A local lady filling up her donation slip.

Donors who have started their prayer to the gods.

Donors who have started their prayer to the gods.

Coffin donors.

Coffin donors.

Burning the donation receipt. It's a taboo to keep it.

Burning the donation receipt. It's a taboo to keep it.

Praying to the gods in the temple.

Praying to the gods in the temple.

Striking the bell and drum to the end of your prayer before leaving the temple.

Striking the bell and drum to the end of your prayer before leaving the temple.

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