Two days after the old Coconut Palm was struck by lightning and killed, a funeral was held for the tree.
A local shaman, skilled in all manner of Khmer rituals, prepared and conducted the funeral. I was surprised to observe that the event was simpler than, but not so different from, a person funeral.
This was not a Buddhist ceremony. The Village folks are ethnically Khmer and, while all are Buddhist, they continue to use ancient rituals in which I see elements of Voodoo, Totemism, Paganism.
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