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Buddhist monks lead followers through rebirth ceremony in Thailand


A Thai woman lays inside a coffin at Wat Prommanee during a rebirth ceremony on May 18 in Nakhon Nayok,Thailand. The resurrection service follows an hour of prayer lead by Thai monks and then a person stepping into a coffin for a few minutes to arise reborn.

Buddhism in Thailand can embrace animist beliefs and magical practices while Thais claim that the true spirit of Buddhism is being lost. The fee for the rebirth service is just 100 Thai bhat ($3 U.S.). The Thai temple is 66 miles northeast of Bangkok.