Monks’ graves

Have you ever seen a monk’s grave?

In Laos, you’ll often see them when visiting a buddhist temple.

Here are a few I saw in Luang Prabang.

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Many of them carry photographs or drawings of the monk.

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Typically, they are four-sided structures, often accompanied by a small shrine enclosing a buddha statue.

As I'm unable to read the text, I'm not entirely sure if this chap was a monk. He looks more like a member of the old royal family of Laos.

As I’m unable to read the text, I’m not entirely sure if this chap was a monk. He looks more like a member of the old royal family of Laos.

Tributes of flowers are left in small receptacles and incense sticks are burnt in little pots.

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The larger graves have a little door at the back, usually containing something specific relating to the monk.

One was unlocked, so I had a look.

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Inside was a wooden model of a man, together with what I believe is a piece of one of the gold-coloured circular ornaments that top the roof of the temple building.

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3 thoughts on “Monks’ graves

  1. Hi Trevor! Sounds like you are having a grand time. I wish I were with you but I could do without the roast rat. My iPad just tried to auto correct rat! Even IT couldn’t believe you were trying to roast the beasties.
    Love the blog. Keep it coming!

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