We went out for a walk this afternoon and, in between showers, accidentally came across a photography exhibition at Tower Bridge, Rites of Life. This is an amazing collection of images by Swedish photographer, Anders Ryman that documents ceremonies and cultural rituals from all over the world.
I always seem to get intensely fascinated by monks and the lives they live, so one image particularly caught my attention. While most people didn’t seem to even notice these photographs at all, many people glanced at this image as they walked past, some stopped, I watched for absolutely ages…
“Among the Shan every boy becomes a novice monk and spends a month in a monastery sometime between the age of eight and fourteen. The ordination ceremonies last for three days. First the boys’ heads are shaved. Then they are dressed up as princes in memory of Buddha, who was a prince in northern India before he went out to seek the meaning of existence. On the fourth day the boys are finally dressed in the orange robes of a novice monk.”
(In Buddha’s Footsteps – Mae Hong Son, Thailand)