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Taungbi monastery V

Almost every young boy joins a monastery at least once. It is an act of devotion in a society that revers its monks as teachers and leaders.
The day of initiation into monkhood - ususally on an auspicious day - is an important day also for his parents, that have been saving their hard-earned money. A party atmosphere ensues as the boy's family throws a lavish feast and shows him off to the entire village. He is first dressed in finest silk and laden with the family jewels. He is later stripped of his riches, shaven and adorns the saffron robe of a monk It is a recreation of the Buddha's renouncement of his prince title for a life devoid of worldly possesions.

(Although I was not going to post another monk shot, but I do like this.)

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