• Short Summary

    Waiting for a favourable sign from the Royal Astrologers before cremation, the body of King Sisavang Vong of Laos had been preserved in Formaldehyde inside a sandalwood coffin for eighteen months.

  • Description

    Waiting for a favourable sign from the Royal Astrologers before cremation, the body of King Sisavang Vong of Laos had been preserved in Formaldehyde inside a sandalwood coffin for eighteen months. Eventually the last week of April was decided upon, and in the midst of the critical situation facing the nation, leaders gathered in Luang Prabang for the final rites.

    Scenes of ancient pageantry were seen in the city as the funeral procession, led by Royal Musicians, made its sedate way to the ornate pavilion where the cremation took place. Behind the hearse walked the present monarch, King Savang Vatthana, and his Queen; Prince Boun Oum, the Prime Minister; and Minister for Defence, General Phouni Nosevan. Distinguished foreign guests included Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Chief of State of neighbouring Cambodia; Prince Wan of Thailand; and Admiral Ortili of France.

    At the cremation grounds thousands of Laotians had gathered to pay their final respects. They burnt candles at the foot of the steep flight of steps leading up to the urn-like coffin perched high up in the magnificently adorned pavilion. Homage over, the furnace was lit and King Sisavang Vong's spirit was finally despatched to Nirvana - the Buddhist heaven.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABW5CMZGPCFM57XFEMTI7WCVQ4
    Media URN:
    VLVABW5CMZGPCFM57XFEMTI7WCVQ4
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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