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Thais bid final goodbye to beloved King Bhumibol

BANGKOK: Brahmin priests, drummers and soldiers in ceremonial uniforms led a solemn but colour-splashed procession through Bangkok's historic heart Thursday as Thailand bade farewell to King Bhumibol Adulyadej whose death left the nation without its chief unifying figure. Some 300,000 black-clad mourners packed the streets, some weeping and prostrating themselves on the ground as a golden chariot carrying the royal urn snaked through the city in blazing heat. The golden spires of a spectacular $90 million cremation…