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Visions of Impermanence: Prasat Nok Hatsadiling and the Path to Heaven in Northern Thailand

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Crater Lake North
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Speaker: Rebecca Hall, Assistant Curator, USC Pacific Asia Museum. In Northern Thailand, elaborate cremation structures, called prasat sop, are built to honor high ranking monks. These structures are elaborate, beautiful objects created for display during a funeral and then completely destroyed in the cremation fire. The cremation structures give form to Buddhist themes of imperminance while simultaneously treating funeral attendees to a visually splendid treat. A great deal of time and money is often taken to create prasat sop, attesting to their importance for Northern Thai Buddhists. This presentation is an examination of monks’ cremation structures and a discussion of the connection between their form and meaning.