Monks along the highway in Thailand

Monks praying along the highway in North-East Thailand

While driving from Khorat to Khon Kaen I suddenly saw the cars in front of me going to the left lane and someone standing along the road to warn people to go to the left. Then I saw monks sitting along the highway, so my first thoughts were that there had been a accident with a car with monks. But while passing I saw that the monks were praying and that on the road was a white line drawing. This white line is made by the police when there are accidents. The monks were praying for someone who recently died here.

I passed but made a u-turn and another u-turn to drive back and stopped along the left side of the highway. I looked and suddenly I realized that it seems that we accept the tragic deaths of road-accidents as normal. As a fact of life that we can not prevent. But actually we can, because it seems that most people on the road are in a hurry and do not care about other people. I made a few photos of this tragic personal moment. Someones beloved one died there. May he or she rest in peace. After making the photo I was not sure what to do. Should I share it with other people or should I preserve this private tragic moment by not sharing it? I did choose to share it in the hope it will help even just 1 person to realize that the highway is not a racing track and that we should all be much more careful because cars, truck, motorbikes do kill people.


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