1. How royal dog statues are taking pride of place on Thailand’s late King Bhumibol’s pyre

How royal dog statues are taking pride of place on Thailand’s late King Bhumibol’s pyre

The death of the King had plunged the entire nation into mourning and his cremation will take place in a spectacular and elaborate palace ceremony in accordance with Buddhist rituals.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 2, 2017 7:05 PM
Thailand, Thailand late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Tongdaeng, Cao Cao, Mount Meru It took three master sculptors eight months to build the statues of the two canines, which are said to the King’s favourite dogs. (Reuter)

Immaculate statues of the dogs of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej are just about ready for the cremation of the monarch who ruled the country for seven decades. The cremation of the King, who died in October last year will take place on October 26 later this year. The death of the King had plunged the entire nation into mourning and his cremation will take place in a spectacular and elaborate palace ceremony in accordance with Buddhist rituals. It took three master sculptors eight months to build the statues of the two canines, which are said to the King’s favourite dogs. The sculptors who made the statues have said that the task of making the two statues was the work of a lifetime. The two dogs were named Tongdaeng and Cao Cao. The two statues will be installed at the top tier of King Bhumibol’s 50-metre funeral pyre, according to a Hindustan Times report.

The funeral pyre of the late King has been made to resemble Mount Meru, a mythical mountain which has a lot of importance in Hinduism and Buddhism. The pyre has been constructed in this particular way as it would set a final stage for the late monarch who was revered as a demigod by the people of Thailand. The mortal remains of the King are currently placed in the Grand Palace. It is said that the cremation structure has been designed in such a way that it will allow the spirit of the late King to travel straight to the afterlife. The structure will have over 500 statues of animals and mythical creatures. The statues of the two dogs were built on request for the special occasion, according to the report.

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