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Showing Respect to Relations
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Friday, 15 April 2005 23:43
Since the old days, Thai men are not considered to be mature adults until they have become monks for a period of time. It is a very important thing for Thai men to do this once they turn 20. It now has come to the time for me to follow the Thai tradition and ordain as a monk. But really I wasn't actually 20 yet on the day that I was ordained, I was only 19 and 9 months-ish. However, according to the abbot that I spoke to, they are, apparently, allowed to count the time I spent in my mother's womb!

The ceremony of mine was split into two day, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of April 2005. The first day of the ceremony started at 3 p.m. on the temple grounds. My grandmother, my mother and me lit an incense stick each and then sat down to pay respect to our dead ancestors and letting them know that I will become a monk. Then I went back home to change into a bathing towel and came back to sit on the floor getting ready to bathe my elders feet.

My grandmother, my mum and me are paying respect to our dead ancestors and letting them know that I will become a monk. Getting ready to bathe all my elders' feet. From the far left: my grandparents (my dad's side), my grandmum, my dad and my mum.

First, I pay respect to them by prostrating down at their feet. Then I start to wash them by pouring some water on their feet with one hand and using another hand to clean them.