Inside The Colorful Coming-Of-Age Ceremony For Young Buddhists

April 7, 2016 11:16 PM

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Inside The Colorful Coming-Of-Age Ceremony For Young Buddhists

Earlier this week, dozens of boys in Thailand took part in Poy Sang Long, a traditional rite of passage for young Buddhists from the Shan ethnic group.

The annual ceremony, which normally spans three days, marks the initiation of boys, typically 7 to 14 years old, as novices in the Buddhist community. The boys' participation in this rite helps them and their families accumulate merit, which Buddhists believe moves them along the path to achieving e...

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