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Old Jun 13, 2014, 3:41 AM   #1
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Default Personal transport: Floating Lantern Ceremony

This is a look at a different "Personal Transport". One of the most traditional Buddhist ceremonies honoring the dead is the Lantern Floating ceremony (Toro Nagashi). The original ceremony had paper lanterns carrying the souls of the departed back to the other world down rivers into the open ocean.
The tradition is carried out with some modifications in Hawaii each year. Thus the paper lantern is now mounted on small "boat" surrounding a candle





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Old Jun 13, 2014, 8:05 PM   #2
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Wonderful series, beautiful ceremony.
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How often does this ceremony happen and where do you suppose all those blocks of wood end up?
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Every memorial day each year.
Boats are collected at the end of the ceremony and recycled for the following year.
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