TRIBUTES have been paid to the dedicated head of the Thai Buddhist community in Aberdeen, one of three monks killed in a head-on collision on Christmas Eve.
Abbot Prahama Pranom Thontphaiboon, 43, was described by friends at the Thai Buddharam Temple and Cultural Centre in the city as a man of few words but whose deeds spoke volumes.
The second most senior monk in Scotland behind Edinburgh-based Phra Rachabhavanavimol, the chief abbot of the capital's temple, he had been to Thailand to arrange the casting of the temple's main Buddha statue.
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The accident happened on the A68, around a mile and a half south of Pathhead, at around 7.30am.
Joy Burr, vice chairman and treasurer at the Aberdeen temple, said: "He was dedicated. He was a man who hardly spoke, but he was a doer, rather than a speaker.
"He was a man of very few words but he was a very strict and dedicated Buddhist monk.
"He was very well respected by the community."