Friday, January 20, 2017

Foreign Friday

monk school
Bangkok, Thailand
December 1979
Last week's photo prompted some questions about the young monks, so I checked my travel journal to see if I had written anything about them. According to our group's tour guide in 1979, every Thai male was required to become a monk for three months. They were also required to serve in the military for three years. I don't know if these are still requirements.

7 comments:

  1. Wow! That is interesting. I do love their orange garb.

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  2. How interesting. I know other countries that had brief military requirements - in past years at least. But never heard of the requirement of being a monk for a brief time. Such interesting experiences to take into adult life.

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  3. Wow! That was really interesting. I had no idea anyone was ever required to become a monk. Thank you for the education today.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  4. Every male? WOw that's just fascinating. Do you know how old they were at the time they had to be a monk?

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  5. I'm guessing that doing those two things might just help the young men to grow up and become productive adults.

    I think a few of OUR young men could use a bit of that.

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  6. Interesting. I'll have to ask my DD about that; she spent a summer in Thailand in 1993.

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