Friday, May 16, 2008

Monk Service (Luang Prabang, Laos)

Traditionally in Laos, all young Lao men shave their heads and wear their saffron robes to become novices for a period of three months. This brings merit to them and their families. It also serves as a rite of passage to adulthood.

What a great tradition, I might say. Instead of gearing young men for war and battle, they encourage them to live lives of contentment, simplicity, peace, humility, and with love for nature.

Lander, J. (May 2008), Luang Prabang: Refuge of the last lovers, last dreamers.
Mabuhay magazine (Philippine Airlines)
(Read about it on my way to

More on Luang Prabang
Saffron Mornings in Luang Prabang (Inquirer)
Photos by John Lander
Time Magazine article

My encounter with monks in Ayutthaya here.

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