Day 2 of Trip to Chaiyaphum

This week I’m in Chaiyaphum for a unique ordination parade that takes place every year at Wat Ta Khaek in Ban Non Salao. The Thai name of the procession translates as The Brutal Ordination Parade. For four hours, the men are carried around the village on bamboo stretchers. These are swung violently from side to side and up and down. If they fall off they cannot become a monk. It’s a kind of endurance test where young men have to show their real intent in becoming a monk.

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