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There are a lot of photos of monks in Myanmar. But for me, it is always interesting to see them. Here I saw the large group of novices sitting near the well and cleaning their alms bowls and robes.

Between the ages of ten and sixteen, most young Burmese men and some young women become Buddhist novices and go to live in a monastery. While most young men remain at the monastery for only a short time before returning to the secular life, some become fully ordained monks. A person who wants to become a monk is expected to be free of debt and certain diseases, have the permission of his parents or spouse, agree to follow the disciplinary rules of the monkhood, and not become involved in secular life. While monks are expected to lead a life of aestheticism, they perform important functions in the community, especially as counselors.
There are about 500,000 Buddhist monks in Myanmar. They wear saffron-colored or rust-colored robes, and use lacquered parasols. Nuns wear pink robes that represent sunshine. The monkhood is loosely organized into two principal sects that have no doctrinal splits. “To Burmese, monks are like sons of the Buddha". Every man is expected to serve as a monk twice in his life: once as a novice and once as an ordained monk. After that time he returns to a normal life.(http://factsanddetails.com/southeast-asia/Myanmar/sub5_5c/entry-3035.html).

More details when seen in the large format

Broader view of the place

There was of course the temple nearby.

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