Lao Tradition

Funeral Flowers

If you can see the full moon this month you are very fortunate. It has been raining here, I guess I wouldn’t trade the rain for the full moon, my garden needs the rain more. These flowers are called Dork Chan, it sounds like moon flower in Lao language.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/4, 1/15sec, ISO 3200, focal length 37mm, exposure bias 0step, evaluative metering

Dork Chan flowers are passing out at a Lao funeral service to be placed in the casket with the body.  It’s believed that you can communicate with a spirit with 1 incense stick, and this flower is tied to 1 candle and 1 incense stick, which allows you to communicate with the deceased to say your final farewell.

Canon T2i, EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, Aperture Priority, f/4, 1/15sec, ISO 3200, focal length 40mm, EB 0, evaluative metering

I was working on the funeral video for the family late last night and the power at my house went off.  There was no storm, the light blinked several times and finally went off for good.  It was very odd, kind of eerie and a good thing that Max didn’t start howling.

8 thoughts on “Funeral Flowers”

  1. Nye, perhaps she just wants to say good bye in her own way. I heard from a friend that your town will have another funeral this coming weekend.

    1. Hi seeharhed, perhaps it was her way, kind of sad that she’s so young. The death always comes in 3, I knew a Lao lady that got shot and killed in TN, and now a Hickory man that passed away on Sunday. I’ll be attending the funeral but not taking picture.

      1. It is always sad when you see a person pass away at young age. The other way to look at it, she is not suffering anymore.

        My buddy saw you took pictures at last weekend funeral. He will be attending this coming weekend funeral as well.

        1. I took picture of everyone that went to pay their respect, so I must have took a picture of your friend also, but not sure which one. I didn’t realize that it would be this tiring, and emotionally drained.

          1. Helping out at any lao functions can be very tired, especially if you are in the kitchen. Every time new groups of people comes in, the host have to prepare them foods. The gathering can be a week long, depends on family situations. It is the culture thing and probably fade away in next decade or so.

            1. I noticed that people are more friendly at event such as this, I guess the reality of death is all around us and the only certain thing in life is death. It’s a dying tradition and the Bali chanting is new to the younger generations and only a few know how to chant. I figure eventually only the monks would know how to chant Bali in the US, and hopefully this will keep the tradition going.

  2. I remember seeing the ladies bundle these flowers for my father’s funeral too.

    As much as I appreciated the family and friends visiting, I also wanted some moments away from all the chatter and noise. Luckily I was able to find peace and reflection at the Buddhist temple.

    1. Cambree, it’s very tiring having to take care and greet guesses but one good thing about the Lao tradition and people is that they are willing to help out. The recent funeral that I went to last Saturday, the husband passed away and it would be hard for the wife to live at the house by herself since all her children are grown and have houses of their own. I think she’ll miss having friends visiting.

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