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Preparations of a Burmese cremation

Preparations of a Burmese cremation

Photographer: Klier, Philip Adolphe (c.1845-1911)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 88/1(49)

Item number: 88149

Length: 21.1

Width: 27.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

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.

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