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Rebel Female Buddhist Monks Defy Tradition in Thailand

World | | January 4, 2019, 5:44 pm
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 A devotee has her hair cut by a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. (Image: Reuters)

A devotee has her hair cut by a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai women devotees have their hair cut by Dhammananda Bhikkhun and a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai women devotees have their hair cut by Dhammananda Bhikkhun and a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 A Thai woman devotee who ended her novice monkhood has her head cleaned by Dhammananda Bhikkhuni abbess at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

A Thai woman devotee who ended her novice monkhood has her head cleaned by Dhammananda Bhikkhuni abbess at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai women devotees and Buddhist female monks or Bhikkhuni fold their saffron robes during a practice session ahead of their ordination to be novice monks at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai women devotees and Buddhist female monks or Bhikkhuni fold their saffron robes during a practice session ahead of their ordination to be novice monks at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Novice monks pray during a morning routine at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Novice monks pray during a morning routine at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai women devotees in white robes pray during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai women devotees in white robes pray during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Novice monks gather during a group photo session at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Novice monks gather during a group photo session at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai women devotees in white robes walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai women devotees in white robes walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Dhammananda Bhikkhuni abbess of the Songdhammakalyani monastery, plays with her dog at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Dhammananda Bhikkhuni abbess of the Songdhammakalyani monastery, plays with her dog at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Novice monks walk in line before receiving food offerings at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Novice monks walk in line before receiving food offerings at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Novice monks pray after receiving food offerings from people in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Novice monks pray after receiving food offerings from people in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai women devotees carry their saffron robes during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai women devotees carry their saffron robes during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery in Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Novice monks walk in line to receive food offerings from people at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Novice monks walk in line to receive food offerings from people at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Thai women devotees attend a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Thai women devotees attend a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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 Novice monks walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

Novice monks walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand. (Image: Reuters)

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