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Beloved princes become Buddhist novices in Thailand
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25 Apr. 2018
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25 Apr. 2018
Mae Hong Son, Thailand
Golden umbrellas draped in beads and flowers provide shade for boys as young as seven riding on their fathers' shoulders in a procession through the mountain town of Mae Hong Son on Thailand's northern border. Dressed in clothes dominated by neon pinks and greens with elaborate headgear, their lips and cheeks brightly rouged for the most important day of their short lives, about 50 boys advance to the lively beat of drums, cymbals and gongs. The event is a rite of passage to initiate the boys as Buddhist novices, the highlight of an annual celebration by the Shan ethnic group that lives mainly in neighbouring Myanmar, but is also spread through China, Laos and Thailand. To fulfil the dream of a son's participation in the prestigious event, parents willingly scrimp for a long time, others accept relatives' donations to defray costs, and the poorest may even send offspring to live with wealthier families. The rite of Poy Sang Long, as the celebration is known, represents the early childhood of the founder of Buddhism, Siddharta Gautama, who was born a prince about 2,600 years ago. He is said to have given up a life of royal splendour to live as a holy man after witnessing sickness and death outside the palace. REUTERS/Jorge Silva SEARCH "POY SANG" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: THAILAND-RELIGION/
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12 Oct. 2017
For more than 1,000 years, the al-Hawza al-Ilmiyya... more
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10 Oct. 2017
Thailand is putting the finishing touches this month... more
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Flights, camera, action: Chinese couples strike a pose
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7 Sep. 2017
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7 Jul. 2017
Alejandra Molina, an archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Alejandra Molina, an archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
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7 Jul. 2017
Alejandra Molina, an archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
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7 Jul. 2017
Alejandra Molina, an archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Gold pieces formed into symbols are seen at a site... more
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7 Jul. 2017
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7 Jul. 2017
Alejandra Molina, an archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Gold pieces formed into symbols are seen at a site... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Leonardo Lopez, a lead archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Leonardo Lopez, a lead archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Bones are seen at a site where a sacrificed young wolf... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Alejandra Molina, an archaeologist with the National... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Gold pieces formed into symbols are seen at a site... more
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7 Jul. 2017
Leonardo Lopez, a lead archaeologist with the National... more
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Going underground: riding the Moscow metro
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31 May. 2017
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31 May. 2017
Moscow's metro is one of the busiest and most visually... more
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26 May. 2017
Britain's most prestigious flower show is taking place... more
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3 May. 2017
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3 May. 2017
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3 May. 2017
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3 May. 2017
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4 Mar. 2017
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4 Mar. 2017
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3 Feb. 2017
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3 Feb. 2017
People carry dressed-up dolls representing baby Jesus... more
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3 Feb. 2017
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3 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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2 Feb. 2017
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1 Dec. 2016
New York department stores get into the holiday spirit... more
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1 Dec. 2016
New York department stores get into the holiday spirit... more
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1 Dec. 2016
New York department stores get into the holiday spirit... more
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1 Dec. 2016
New York department stores get into the holiday spirit... more
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25 Sep. 2016
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27 Jul. 2016
Louisiana delegate Rodney McFarland wears an elaborate... more
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27 Jul. 2016
Louisiana delegate Rodney McFarland wears an elaborate... more
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27 Jul. 2016
Louisiana delegate Rodney McFarland wears an elaborate... more
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26 Jul. 2016
A delegate wears an elaborate hat at the Democratic... more
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25 Jul. 2016
A delegate wears an elaborate hat at the Democratic... more
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25 May. 2016
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25 May. 2016
Members of the Imperial Bells of China dance troupe... more
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25 May. 2016
A member of the Imperial Bells of China dance troupe... more
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