Children and the coach saved from a cave in Thailand became monks
Eleven of the twelve teenagers, players of the junior football team, and their coach, rescued from a flooded ten-kilometer cave in Thailand, where they spent more than two weeks, on Wednesday at a solemn ceremony were dedicated to Buddhist novices and monks.
BANGKOK, July 25 – RIA Novosti.
The ceremony, which took place in the Buddhist monastery Wat Phra That Doi Tung, one of the largest monasteries in Chiang Rai Province, broadcast live Thai PBS channel.
Eleven teenagers and a trainer who had gone through the procedure of shaving hair and eyebrows before the ceremony of acceding to monastic sangha (community) on the eve of the ceremony, received monastic yellow-orange clothes and bowls for collecting charity donations.
Senior monks of several monasteries dressed the children and their coach in monastic robes for the singing of mantras in the presence of their relatives and many guests of the ceremony, including the governor of Chiang Rai province and high-ranking officials from several provinces of northern Thailand, as well as rescuers, doctors and swimmers of the Thai Navy, who participated in the operation to rescue them, the channel reports.
Twelve young footballers and their coach were rescued from the Tham Luang cave, but one of the adolescents is a Christian, so he attended the ceremony only as a spectator.
Teenagers were initiated into novices, and not monks, as for each of them initiation into the members of the sangha was the first in life. The trainer of the team, who grew up in a monastery and passed the novitiate as a child, was ordained a monk, the channel notes.