October 12, 2017

Preparations for a Royal Funeral in Thailand

King Bhumibol Adulyadej ruled Thailand for 7 decades. 

 King Bhumibol  Adulyadej

The preparations for his funeral have taken a year.  Thailand's Royal Funeral - A Photo Essay

 Aerial View Royal Crematorium
Aerial view of Royal Crematorium (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)

Artisans have worked for ten months in Bangkok's ancient quarter to build an elaborate cremation site fashioned after a vision of heaven where Thais believe dead royals return to live above Mount Meru, a golden mountain in Hindu mythology. The late king will be cremated on the night of October 26, when more than 3,000 performers will join in a nightlong final tribute of music and puppet shows to end a year of mourning following King Bhumibol's death in 2016.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand was the world's longest reigning monarch.

He was viewed by his subjects as a stabilizliing influence in a country that saw numerous military coups during his reign.
Despite being seen as a benign father figure who remained above politics, he also intervened at times of heightened political tension. And although he was a constitutional monarch with limited powers, most Thais regarded him as semi-divine.
It said much for his skills as a diplomat, and his ability to reach out to ordinary people in Thailand, that his death leaves the country's monarchy far stronger than it was at his accession.

Bhumibol Adulyadej was born in Cambridge in the US state of Massachusetts on 5 December 1927. His father, Prince Mahidol Adulyadej, was studying at Harvard when his son was born. The family later returned to Thailand, where his father died when he was just two years old....His mother then moved to Switzerland, where the young prince was educated. As a young man he enjoyed cultured pursuits, including photography, playing and composing songs for the saxophone, painting and writing....
In 1946, King Ananda died in what remains an unexplained shooting accident at his palace in Bangkok. Bhumibol acceded to the throne when he was 18 years old. His early years as king saw Thailand ruled by a regent, as he returned to his studies in Switzerland. While on a visit to Paris he met his future wife, Sirikit, daughter of the Thai ambassador to France. The couple married on 28 April 1950, just a week before the new monarch was crowned in Bangkok. 
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