Thursday, January 19, 2012

“Novice Monk” Photograph

The first time I saw a photograph of somebody I knew from when they had spent a short period as a Buddhist monk it took me a while to work out why they looked so strange. It wasn’t the saffron robe nor his shaven head, it was the fact that his eyebrows had been shaved off.

The tradition amongst Thai Buddhists is that at some point a son will usually be ordained as a monk, at least in part to earn merit for his parents. Over the years the usual period spent in monastic life has shortened from a few months to a few weeks to in some cases only a weekend now but still the tradition continues. 

The boy on the right has clearly just done his duty and made his parents proud.

Photograph taken at “Saturday Walking Street”, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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