Preparations of a Burmese cremation
Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the preparations for a Burmese cremation, taken by Philip Adolphe Klier in the 1890s. This is a general view of an elaborate tiered pyre erected for the cremation, with spectators gathered around. Theravada Buddhism is the state religion of Burma and after death a Burmese person would be cremated. Monks, mourners and a band of musicians would accompany the coffin in a procession to the cemetery or place of cremation, where the pyre would be lit.