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Lightning #2

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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Lightning #2

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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comments (11)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 31 May 2016, 04:38
En effet, cette tradition est surprenante.
Ray: Je fus surpris et ravi par ce que je remarquai ici, Martine. Bien que je ne suis pas religieux, je vois un grand sens dans le traitement des arbres comme si elles font partie de la famille.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 May 2016, 05:01
I think you were lucky that you got away from the lightning. I am sorry for the palm tree, it deserved a longer life. Very interesting about the ceremony, but then I think they are more in contact with nature than we are.
What will you do with the tree??
Thank you for sharing the story.
Ray: After all the family has visited and paid their respects to the tree, Astrid, I expect I will cut it down and use the trunk as a garden border in our veggie patch...it will be useful until it has rotted back into the ground.
So surprising and moving at the same time Ray!
Ray: That is pretty much how I felt about it, Richard!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 May 2016, 06:31
There are people, enlightened ones, who would do the same for a tree - which is another life-force - here too Ray
Ray: I am delighted to hear this, Chris!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2016, 06:33
I love this ritual for the killed tree, and it is also a way for social communication. Very interesting to 'see the trees as members of the family'!
Ray: I was greatly impressed to observe and learn of this practice, Philine.
Trees are worthy of respect, something often overlooked in Western Society
Ray: I was very pleased to see this ritual, Martin...although I am not at all religious, I feel trees are as deserving as humans in terms of being respected.
Was it buried or just cremated Ray? Oh I see the dead tree in the lower picture.
Ray: Neither burned nor buried at this stage, Chad.

Oh! You found the tree! smile
How nice to see! Over the 30+ years in this property I have mourned the loss of each tree. Being part of the family is a good way to put it. I was moaning and groaning here last year about the loss of one branch!
Ray: I have always felt a bit that way about trees, Mary, but this tree funeral ritual gobsmacked me!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 May 2016, 11:18
Fascinating to learn of such rituals. Let's hope that the "Tree Gods" apprecriate the efforts.
Ray: My family and our neighbours certainly seemed to think it was a job well done, Alan, but I am not aware that any tree gods were involved.
They venerate their trees and nature a lot more than most people over here that's for sure.
This tree probably contributed more to life than most politicians

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