• Short Summary

    THE BUDDHIST CHURCH IN THAILAND HAS MADE ITS FIRST CONVERTS AMONG THE COUNTRY'S HILL TRIBESMEN, AND SIXTEEN OF THEM HAVE BEEN ORDINATED AS MONKS AND NOVICES IN A CEREMONY IN BANGKOK.

  • Description

    THE BUDDHIST CHURCH IN THAILAND HAS MADE ITS FIRST CONVERTS AMONG THE COUNTRY'S HILL TRIBESMEN, AND SIXTEEN OF THEM HAVE BEEN ORDINATED AS MONKS AND NOVICES IN A CEREMONY IN BANGKOK.

    THE CONVERTS ARE ALL YOUNG MEN FROM MEO AND KAREN HILL TRIBES...ANIMISTS WHO TRADITIONALLY BELIEVE IN THE INFLUENCE OF FORESTS SPIRITS. THAILAND'S FIRST BUDDHIST MISSIONARY HAS BEEN WORKING AMONG THEM IN THEIR FOREST HOME, AND BROUGHT HIS CONVERTS TO BANGKOK TO BE ORDAINED INTO THE CHURCH.

    AFTER SEVERAL WEEKS OF STUDY, THE SIXTEEN TRIBESMEN WENT TO THE MARBLE TEMPLE IN BANGKOK, WHERE THE CHIEF ABBOT, SOMDEJ PHRA WANARAT, WAS WAITING TO OFFICIATE AT THE ORDINATION.

    THE PARENTS OF THE YOUNG NOVICES AND MONKS HAD TRAVELLED FROM THEIR HOMES IN NORTHERN THAILAND TO SEE THEIR SONS ORDAINED. THEY CAME IN THEIR FINEST COSTUMES, AND BROUGHT TRADITIONAL OFFERINGS FOR THE SONS' TEACHERS IN A GESTURE THAN SYMBOLISED GRATITUDE.

    FOURTEEN OF THE YOUNG MEN WILL SOON RETURN TO THEIR FOREST HOMES TO PREACH THE DOCTRINES OF BUDDHISM AMONG THEIR FELLOW TRIBESMEN, WHILE TWO WILL STAY ON AT THE MARBLE TEMPLE TO STUDY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6JB5EHS3RYKJLWZ7RBZZRF3IY
    Media URN:
    VLVA6JB5EHS3RYKJLWZ7RBZZRF3IY
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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