Recently we visited a sick friend [actually the man who built our house...we are now close friends] in Buriram Province. When we arrived at his house, in a small village, he was not there but attending a twice weekly blood dialysis treatment in a hospital 40km away. There were about 50 friends and relatives gathered at his house, and they were preparing and consuming a small celebratory feast while waiting for him.
Soon after he arrived home, seven monks joined the group and lead Rituals for the Sick in his living-room...lots of chanting, offering of cash gifts to assist with medical treatments, burning of candles and incense, throwing of water...
The top image shows a small section of the attendees, all sitting on the floor in the living-room. The bottom image shows the monks, also sitting on the living-room floor, with our sick friend in the right of the frame.
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