• Short Summary

    FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, MORE THAN 6,000 HILL TRIBESMEN OF THAILAND HAVE ENTERED INTO THE BUDDHIST MONKHOOD.

  • Description

    FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, MORE THAN 6,000 HILL TRIBESMEN OF THAILAND HAVE ENTERED INTO THE BUDDHIST MONKHOOD. ON SUNDAY (MAY 28), 40 HILL TRIBE YOUTHS, AGED 12 TO 25, WERE ORDAINED AS MONKS AT THE BENCHAMABOPIT PAGODA IN BANGKOK.

    TRIBES REPRESENTED WERE THE MEO, YAO, LISOR, MOOSER, KAREN AND EKOR. A TOTAL OF 200 RELATIVES, INCLUDING PARENTS OF THE YOUTHS, ATTENDED THE CEREMONY DRESSED IN THEIR TRIBAL COSTUMES.

    HILL TRIBES ARE NORMALLY ANIMISTS BUT BUDDHIST MISSIONARIES HAVE PREACHED AMONG THEM. AN OFFICIAL SAID "THE TRIBESMEN BY BECOMING BUDDHISTS WILL FEEL MORE LIKE THE THAI".

    THE YOUNG MONKS ARE EXPECTED TO WEAR THE YELLOW ROBE FOR AT LEAST THREE MONTHS. THEY MAY CONTINUE IN THE MONKHOOD OR RETURN TO BEING LAYMEN. OF THE 20 TRIBESMEN WHO ENTERED THE MONKHOOD IN RECENT MONTHS, EIGHT OF THEM STILL REMAIN IN THE PAGODAS. A TOTAL OF 6,000 TRIBESMEN HAVE BECOME LAYMEN BUDDHISTS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACKX1RSQUOICX3NN7NBXFMUOBZ
    Media URN:
    VLVACKX1RSQUOICX3NN7NBXFMUOBZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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