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Telling the Local Shrines
Written by Panrit "Gor" Daoruang   
Friday, 15 April 2005 23:53

Sitting on the back of a pick-up truck, ready to go for a ride!
Arrive at the first shrine.

Well, all my hair and eyebrowns were shaved off, it means that the hair-shaving ceremony is over. I quickly went back home to take a proper shower and get change into a special white clothes (it's a symbol of a person who is about to become a monk). As soon as I finished getting dress, I was then becoming an official naak*. I came back out to greet all the people that came to join the ceremony.

Not long after that, I got into the back of a pick-up truck to parade around the local area. The idea is to show the spirits that I am going to become a monk. On the way, I had to stop twice at two different local shrines to pay some respects. Also informed them about me going to be ordain and asked them for some good luck. Then I returned to the temple and got myself ready for the next ceremony of the day, chanting and sermon.

* "naak" or "naga" in English. This is a mythical serpent from Indian legends. The story goes that one day the serpent disguised himself as a human in order to be ordained as a monk. When the Buddha found out, he told the naga that only humans can become monks. The naga agreed to leave the monkhood but asked the Buddha for one favour. He asked that in future, all young men who were about to be ordained be called "naga". The Buddha consented.