Monks are common because it’s not for life


 

Young men in orange robes are not an uncommon sight in Thailand, because it’s a rite of passage for many eighteen year olds to shave their heads and don the orange robes for a few months. Some take it more seriously than others, and some do stay with it for life, but not many. Here are some monks sweeping the stairs at Wat Umong, near our house in Chiang Mai.

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