The High Chief Priest of Malaysia and Singapore, Venerable Dr. K. Sri Dhammananda Nyaka Maha Thera passed away peacefully on Merdeka Day 31 August 2006. This day happens to be Malaysia's celebration of 39 years of Independance.
A 40 foot prye was constructed for the cremation at the Nirvana Memorial Park located at Semenyih, Selangor. It was a somber event and the ceremony was conducted with steep Buddhist tradition.
Those who attended the funeral ceremony was very fortunate in the sense that they manage to witness the use of a pyre to cremate the body of the Chief Reverand. The approval for the use of the prye was in recognition of the Chief Reverand's many contribution to Malaysia as a whole. On top of his contributions he has written over 70 books that has been translated to many languages.
In accordane to the Buddhist practice that nothing is permanent, the Chief Reverands body was cremated. Around 2.5 tons of Sandalwood was managed to be collected for this event.
The picture shows the final stages of the cremation where the 40 foot prye has collapsed altogether. Withnessing the event sadly was Venerable Dharma Ratana who himself is a very well known reverand in Malaysia. He so happens to be the nephew of the Chief Reverand. He is in the foreground on the right being comforted by a fellow reverand.
I hope members do not find this picture disturbing. Just wanted to share a somber moment reflecting the practice of Buddhist Monks where finally everything has to return to the earth.
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kclai (2267) 2006-09-14 2:32
Glas to see another shutterbug from penang Island, joining TE.
Well, it seem that you have put your camera to the limit by producing such exquisite imgae, that reflects the atmospheric feeling.
This is pretty a good image, but not truely cool enough. The lack of peoples, except the silhouttes of the two monks, have "vanished" the true atmospheric feeling of the ceremony.
The fire itself, together with the burning prye is one interesting elements.
The too near focusing, which resulted a tighter cropping have also contributed the lost of composition.
Get everything into your picture. Get it to the PC. Learn the composition and then work on the cropping. his might give you a better image, Andre.
Cheers and good day.
rabani (9645) 2006-10-03 22:21
No...I don't see it as anything disturbing. As Malaysian, we have learnt to appreciate and respect others under the same sun, breathing the same air and standing under the same flag. This is the common denominator that keeps us all together, in peace and harmony. Anything else, its personal and a matter of opinion. To me, this photo is about seeing someone you had known and loved, gone forever. The bright fire is a stark reminders, as if the last flicker of life. I see a silhouette of two person, one comforting the other. One needs to see his hand, over the shoulder of the one he is comforting. Sometimes...you need to see thing for what it makes you feel than think.
Your photo, 5&9 to me.