Maandag 30/11/2020

Thailand neemt met veel pracht en praal afscheid van koning Bhumibol

The Great Victory Chariot is pulled during the funeral procession for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej before the Royal Cremation Ceremony in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge SilvaREUTERS

Met veel pracht en praal neemt Thailand - meer dan een jaar na zijn dood - afscheid van zijn overleden koning Bhumibol. Na de uitgebreide processie wordt het lijk vanavond gecremeerd. Alles gebeurt volgens een eeuwenoud ritueel, opgefrist met enkele hedendaagse elementen. De optocht trok niet enkel duizenden burgers, maar ook duizenden soldaten in verschillende soorten traditionele, kleurrijke kostuums, leden van de koninklijke familie, hovelingen en regeringsfunctionarissen. Saluutschoten en een orkest dat traditionele Thaise muziek speelde, vergezelden de symbolische urn van Bhumibol in een opeenvolging van processies, die maar liefst vier uur duurden. In contrast met de ruim 110.000 in het zwart geklede rouwende mensen langs het twee kilometer lange traject was de enorme stoet een aaneenschakeling van bonte kleuren: rood, oranje, blauw, donkerblauw, geel, zwart en wit. Centraal in de processie stond de 280 kilo zware gouden koninklijke urn. Die werd in het begin van de processie door zestig soldaten in oranje uniform en goudgele hoofddeksels op een 540 kilo wegende gouden draagstoel meegevoerd, begeleid door een looporkest dat eigen jazzcomposities van de overleden koning speelde. Bhumibol was een fervente jazzliefhebber. De urn werd halverwege het traject overgeplaatst op een meer dan 200 jaar oude, gouden strijdwagen. De 13,7 ton zware houten wagen werd voortgetrokken door 222 in het rood geklede soldaten.

The Great Victory Chariot carrying the royal urn of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrives during the Royal Cremation Ceremony near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaREUTERS
Mourners react as the Royal Urn of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is carried by the Great Victory Chariot during a royal cremation procession at the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Athit PerawongmethaREUTERS
Artillery guns are fired near the cremation grounds where the body of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was taken to be cremated after his funeral procession in Bangkok on October 26, 2017.A sea of black-clad mourners massed across Bangkok's historic heart early on October 26 as funeral rituals began for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven-decade reign has left Thailand bereft of its only unifying figure. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEAFP
A member of the Thai police salutes before artillery guns are fired near the cremation grounds where the body of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej was taken to be cremated after his funeral procession in Bangkok on October 26, 2017.A sea of black-clad mourners massed across Bangkok's historic heart early on October 26 as funeral rituals began for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven-decade reign has left Thailand bereft of its only unifying figure. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEAFP
Members of the Royal Guards stand to attention following a downpour after the funeral procession for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on October 26, 2017.A sea of black-clad mourners massed across Bangkok's historic heart early on October 26 as funeral rituals began for King Bhumibol Adulyadej, a revered monarch whose passing after a seven-decade reign has left Thailand bereft of its only unifying figure. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEAFP
The Royal Urn of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is seen inside the Royal Crematorium site during the Symbolic Royal Cremation near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2017. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha TPX IMAGES OF THE DAYREUTERS
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: Thai mourners watch a big screen during a religious ceremony on the day of the historical cremation of Thailand's King Bhumibol on October 26, Bangkok, Thailand. The funeral of the much loved king is taking place around Bangkok's Grand Palace. The kingdom has been preparing for the cremation of the former king for over a year following his death at the age of 88 on October 13, 2016. The ceremonies will take place over five days with the cremation of the king's body in a grand Royal Crematorium on October 26th.. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)Getty Images
epa06290786 A monk speaks during a ceremony to mourn late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a Buddhist temple in Gretzenbach, Switzerland, 26 October 2017. Millions of Thais are biding their final farewell to King Bhumibol in an elaborate Royal Cremation in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October. EPA/ENNIO LEANZAEPA
epa06290781 Thai mourners pray during a ceremony to mourn late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a Buddhist temple in Gretzenbach, Switzerland, 26 October 2017. Millions of Thais are biding their final farewell to King Bhumibol in an elaborate Royal Cremation in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October. EPA/ENNIO LEANZAEPA
epa06290782 Thai mourners salute during a ceremony to mourn late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a Buddhist temple in Gretzenbach, Switzerland, 26 October 2017. Millions of Thais are biding their final farewell to King Bhumibol in an elaborate Royal Cremation in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October. EPA/ENNIO LEANZAEPA
epa06290779 Thai mourners lay down flowers during a ceremony to mourn late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a Buddhist temple in Gretzenbach, Switzerland, 26 October 2017. Millions of Thais are biding their final farewell to King Bhumibol in an elaborate Royal Cremation in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October. EPA/ENNIO LEANZAEPA
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: A Thai woman watches a giant video screen showing the funeral of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Tens of thousands of people, dressed in black , have gathered in Bangkok over a year after the death of Thailand's popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The five-day royal cremation ceremony is taking place between October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang area. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)Getty Images
epa06290775 Thai mourners lay down flowers during a ceremony to mourn late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej at a Buddhist temple in Gretzenbach, Switzerland, 26 October 2017. Millions of Thais are biding their final farewell to King Bhumibol in an elaborate Royal Cremation in Bangkok, Thailand on 26 October. EPA/ENNIO LEANZAEPA
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: Thai mourners pray during a religious ceremony on the day of the historical cremation of Thailand's King Bhumibol on October 26, Bangkok, Thailand. The funeral of the much loved king is taking place around Bangkok's Grand Palace. The kingdom has been preparing for the cremation of the former king for over a year following his death at the age of 88 on October 13, 2016. The ceremonies will take place over five days with the cremation of the king's body in a grand Royal Crematorium on October 26th. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)Getty Images
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: Young boy scouts hold offerings for mourners at Wat Saket in Bangkok, Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people, dressed in black, have gathered in Bangkok over a year after the death of Thailand's popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The five-day royal cremation ceremony is taking place between October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang area. (Photo by Aaron Joel Santos/Getty Images)Getty Images
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: Uniformed officials and a scout troop wait on the sidelines of the late king's funeral procession in Bangkok, Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people, dressed in black, have gathered in Bangkok over a year after the death of Thailand's popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The five-day royal cremation ceremony is taking place between October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang area. (Photo by Aaron Joel Santos/Getty Images)Getty Images
Thai mourners stand in a line before laying down sandalwood flowers in a replica of the royal crematorium in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. The funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who reigned for 70 years before his death on Oct. 13, 2016. Bhumibol will be honored in an elaborate royal cremation ceremony from Oct. 25 to 29. (AP Photo/Kittinun Rodsupan)AP
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: A nurse hands out water to crowds in the Old Town near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people, dressed in black, have gathered in Bangkok over a year after the death of Thailand's popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The five-day royal cremation ceremony is taking place between October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang area. (Photo by Aaron Joel Santos/Getty Images)Getty Images
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: A man watches the royal funeral on his phone near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people, dressed in black, have gathered in Bangkok over a year after the death of Thailand's popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The five-day royal cremation ceremony is taking place between October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang area. (Photo by Aaron Joel Santos/Getty Images)Getty Images
BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 26: Unable to get close to the Grand Palace, crowds of people gather around an outdoor television to watch the late king's funeral procession in Bangkok, Thailand. Hundreds of thousands of people, dressed in black, have gathered in Bangkok over a year after the death of Thailand's popular King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The five-day royal cremation ceremony is taking place between October 25-29 in Bangkok's historic Grand Palace and the Sanam Luang area. (Photo by Aaron Joel Santos/Getty Images)Getty Images

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