Most people dread the idea of being confined in tight spaces – for people with claustrophobia, it’s a constant search for escape routes – it’s a matter of having openings; exits; a steady stream of airflow, so the sheer thought of being enclosed in a narrow, body-sized space is enough to cause those glands to perspire and that heart to palpitate. In fact, for years people have dreaded the notion of being prematurely buried alive, however, for Buddhists in Thailand, their offering is a deeply bizarre ritual of death and rebirth.
It’s the death rite for the living; an opportunity to spin the wheel of karma – to have a second chance at life by experiencing a symbolic death, resurrection and rebirth. It is the Buddhist rebirth ceremony known as non loeng sadorcro, which can be translated to, lie in coffin, get rid of bad luck and it is with this ceremony that the Monks believe that it can solve a person’s life torments and free them of bad karma.
Despite my hatred of confined spaces, I actually rather like the sound of this…very cathartic! Click through to read the rest of the article, it’s fascinating stuff!