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Siam in-between: Merit across religions

A bell chimed. I just realized that it must have been struck on several occasions while I was on temple grounds, but the sound fit in so well it never actively caught my attention before. We were about to pour the content of a small shiny cup on a tree of my choice and conclude a series of acts to commemorate my Grandmom who recently passed away. Our way to say goodbye in-between Buddhist, Animist, Catholic and Atheist philosophies.

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Fundraiser at Chumpuang

On Father’s day (the King’s birthday) my  family-in-law hosts a huge fundraiser for the Buddhist temple in Chumpuang. It turned out to be a pleasant family day with lots of free food and a large amount of people making merrit. It was just a little awkward to hear my arrival announced over the PA system.

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