It’s heartbreaking to see these pictures of Kwan Usamanee weeping beside her deceased father during his bathing ceremony, one of the first steps in a Thai funeral. As part of the ceremony, monks, relatives, and friends pour scented holy water on the right hand of the deceased individual, and a thread is then passed three times each around the hands, toes, and neck, symbolizing the bonds of passion, anger, and ignorance. I have done it but never understood the concept.
Roughly 2 days ago, Kwan’s father Kasem Phulakert was found dead in a parked car near an eatery–cause of death, lack of oxygen.
At her father’s bathing/watering ceremony more than 700 people which included her fanclub members, other celebrities, singers, and Ch7 executives came to honor her father’s passing. The funeral will span 7 days from September 23-29. On the 29th, his body will be relocated to a temple in Tha Rap, Phetchaburi province where it will stay for about a year.