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  candidate novices with salwe

 

Myanmar

Buddhist candidate novices wearing princely attire, complete with a salwe (fig.), during a shinpyu ordination ceremony at the Mahamuni Buddha Temple (fig.) in Mandalay, prior to becoming a novice known as shin thamanei.

 

The princely attire is a symbolic reference to Siddhartha, i.e. the historical Buddha-to-be, who was a prince prior to abandoning his throne  in exchange for a secular life of self-detachment.

See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1), (2), (3) and (4).

 

  candidate novices with salwe