Funeral for Lizzard Believed to Be Son
Apr. 14, 2003
BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ A woman in central Thailand held a funeral for a monitor lizard believed to have been the reincarnation of her 12-year-old son, who died in a road accident nearly two years ago, a report said Monday.
Jamlong Taengnian, 53, and her relatives gathered at the family's house on the outskirts of Bangkok for the ceremony following the death of the reptile Saturday afternoon, The Nation newspaper reported.
A photo of Jamlong's deceased son, Charoen, was placed beside the reptile's lifeless body. ``I am so sad. I feel as if I have lost my son a second time,'' Jamlong was quoted as saying.
Hundreds of people had visited the house in Nonthaburi, 10 kilometers (6.2 miles north of Bangkok) in recent years to see the lizard allegedly possessed by the dead boy's spirit and thought to bring good luck.
The lizard was first found lying under a photograph of Charoen during his funeral in June 2001 and reportedly followed the boy's parents to their home.
Jamlong named the lizard Yui, her son's nickname, and allowed it to sleep in her bed and gave the lizard milk and yoghurt, her son's favorite foods, reports said.
Monitor lizards, which have gray skin marked by yellowish scales, live near water and are good swimmers and tree climbers. They are not aggressive.