Full funeral rites from the monks of Bangkok's Wat Krathum Suea Pla temple used to be for humans only, until a new and lucrative market emerged. The pet funeral business is now booming, with the temple performing up to 300 a month. Buddhists believe that as part of the samsara life and death cycle, animals can potentially be reincarnated as humans. By giving their pets full rites, including prayers for forgiveness, a blessing by a monk and filling the coffin with fake gold, many owners hope to give them a better chance of returning to this world in a higher form. Follow @guardiancities for more stories from Bangkok.
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