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Looking at photos and reading their captions (descriptions) is a great way to learn new vocabulary. Here are some excellent examples from the funeral ceremony for Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno.

Government officers dressed in white formal attire carry a coffin containing the body of Laungta Maha Bua while moving in a procession to the crematorium.

Learning from photo captions

The Bangkok Post multi-media section has two sets of photographs from the funeral ceremony of Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno which took place on Friday and yesterday. You can easily learn a lot of new vocabulary simply by looking at the photos, reading the captions (descriptions) and thinking about them.

Below I have included the photos and their captions. Pay special attention to the words that have been bolded (printed in a darker colour). When you think you understand try the quiz at the end of this activty.

Set 1: Saturday

Hundreds of thousands of mourners flock to pay their last respects to Luangta Maha Bua Yannasampanno at his cremation ceremony at Wat Pa Ban Tad temple in Udon Thani's Muang district.

Mourners weather the heat during the cremation ceremony of the revered monk. Mourners hold up the photos of Luangta Maha Bua during his cremation ceremony.

Mourners hold up the photos of Luangta Maha Bua during his cremation ceremony.

People used fans to shade them from the sun while attending Luangta Maha Bua's cremation ceremony.

Her Majesty the Queen presides over the cremation ceremony of Luangta Maha Bua at Wat Pa Ban Tad temple in Udon Thani's Muang district. The Queen is accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn.

Her Majesty the Queen places a set of monk robes at the crematorium of Luangta Maha Bua.

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn places a set of monk robes at the crematorium of Luangta Maha Bua.Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Monks pay their last respects to the body of Luangta Maha Bua.Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn places a set of monk robes at the crematorium of Luangta Maha Bua.Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Monks walk to the crematorium to pay their respects to the body of Luangta Maha Bua.Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Smoke billows as the body of Luangta Maha Bua is cremated.Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Flames engulf the coffin containing the body of Luangta Maha Bua.

The cremation ceremony of Luangta Maha Bua.

Set 2: Friday

Government officers and monks form a procession before the body removing ceremony begins.

A flood of monks and laypeople wait to catch a glimpse of Laungta Maha Bua's coffin in the procession.

The government officers dressed in white formal attire carry a coffin containing the body of Laungta Maha Bua while moving in a procession to the crematorium.

A huge crowd of both monks and laypersons converge at Wat Pa Ban Tad, eager to be part of the ceremony.

Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn, in a wheelchair, joins the body moving ceremony.

The crematorium is designed with simplicity and plainness. The monk's body is to be laid there until the royal-sponsored cremation on Saturday.

The monks pay tribute to Laungta Maha Bua's body that is now placed at the crematorium.

Matching activity

Match each word in the left column which the best meaning from the right. There are a lot of words, so do the easiest ones first. That way you will have fewer choices to think about for the more difficult ones. Look back at the photos and the captions if you need to.

1. ____mourners

2. ____flock

3. ____pay last respects to

4. ____cremation

5. ____weather

6. ____revered

7. ____shade

8. ____preside

9. ____accompany

10. ____place

11. ____robe

12. ____crematorium

13. ____billow

14. ____flames

15. ____engulf

16. ____procession

17. ____flood

18. ____lay people

19. ____glimpse

20. ____formal attire

21. ____converge

22. ____wheelchair

23. ____simplicity

24. ____pay tribute

25  ____coffin

a. a long loose outer piece of clothing

b. to use something to prevent direct light from reaching something, especially sunlight

c. a very large group

d. people who are at a funeral to express sadness over  the death of the person who has died

e. to come from different directions to reach the same point

f. lines of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration

g. to spread over a large area

h. the burning of the body of a dead person 

i. a special chair with wheels, used by people who cannot walk because of illness, an accident, etc 

j. the brightly burning gas that you see coming from a fire

k. to go someone in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers

l. special clothing you wear for important occasions

m. highly respected and admired

n. to say or do something that shows you respect and admire someone a lot

o. when you see something or someone for a very short time

p. to be in charge of a ceremony, official meeting, or other event

q. to come safely through a difficult period or experience

r. to go with someone

s. to cover or surround something 

t. to show deep admiration for someone for someone who has died

u. the quality of being natural and plain, i.e., not fancy

v. the place where a dead body is burned

w. to put something in a particular place

x. people who are members of a religion but are not priests or members of the clergy

y. a box containing the body of a dead person

 

 

 

 

Answers: 1. d 2. k 3. t 4. h 5. q 6. m 7. b 8. p 9. r 10. w 11. a 12. v 13. g 14. j 15. s 16. f 17. c 18. x 19. o 20. l 21. e 22. i 23. u 24. n 25. y


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