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Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
In recent years, more Thai Buddhist women seeking to become full-fledged "bhikkunis," or female monks, have been defying the tradition by pursuing the other option: getting ordained overseas, usually in Sri Lanka or India.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAA
January 03, 2019
A devotee has her hair cut by a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
A devotee has her hair cut by a female Buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAC
January 03, 2019
Boodsabann Chanthawong, 49, a businesswoman, works on her mobile phone as she rides on a train, weeks...
Bangkok, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Boodsabann Chanthawong, 49, a businesswoman, works on her mobile phone as she rides on a train, weeks ahead of her ordination to be a novice monk in Bangkok, Thailand, November 22, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female Songdhammakalyani monastery. "I'm going to overcome this obstacle and become ordained like I've always wanted," Boodsabann said. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAZ
January 03, 2019
Novice monks walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Novice monks walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRA7
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees have their hair cut by Dhammananda Bhikkhun and a female buddhist monk during a mass...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees have their hair cut by Dhammananda Bhikkhun and a female buddhist monk during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAJ
January 03, 2019
Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, 74, abbess of the Songdhammakalyani monastery, plays with her dog at the Songdhammakalyani...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Dhammananda Bhikkhuni, 74, abbess of the Songdhammakalyani monastery, plays with her dog at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 3, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. Dhammananda flew to Sri Lanka to be ordained in 2001 as Thailand's first female monk. "It's been 90 years and the social context has changed, but they still don't accept us," she said. "It's a shame that women aren't allowed to make decisions for their own lives. You have to rebel against injustice because this is not right." REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRB0
January 03, 2019
Saffron robes are seen before a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Saffron robes are seen before a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAF
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees attend an icebreaking session ahead of their ordination to be novice monks at the...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees attend an icebreaking session ahead of their ordination to be novice monks at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 3, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRA9
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees attend a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees attend a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAH
January 03, 2019
Novice monks walk in line to receive food offerings from people at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Novice monks walk in line to receive food offerings from people at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 7, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAB
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees carry their saffron robes during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees carry their saffron robes during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAT
January 03, 2019
Novice monks gather during a group photo session at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province,...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Novice monks gather during a group photo session at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 7, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAU
January 03, 2019
Novice monks pray after receiving food offerings from people in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Novice monks pray after receiving food offerings from people in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 7, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female Songdhammakalyani monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAW
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees wearing white robes return saffron robes after ending their novice monkhood at the...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees wearing white robes return saffron robes after ending their novice monkhood at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 14, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAX
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees and Buddhist female monks or Bhikkhuni fold their saffron robes during a practice...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees and Buddhist female monks or Bhikkhuni fold their saffron robes during a practice session ahead of their ordination to be novice monks at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 4, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAR
January 03, 2019
A Thai woman devotee who ended her novice monkhood has her head cleaned by Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (R),...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
A Thai woman devotee who ended her novice monkhood has her head cleaned by Dhammananda Bhikkhuni (R), 74, abbess at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 14, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. Dhammananda flew to Sri Lanka to be ordained in 2001 as Thailand's first female monk. "It's been 90 years and the social context has changed, but they still don't accept us," she said. "It's a shame that women aren't allowed to make decisions for their own lives. You have to rebel against injustice because this is not right." REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAM
January 03, 2019
Novice monks walk in line before receiving food offerings at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Novice monks walk in line before receiving food offerings at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 7, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAY
January 03, 2019
Boodsabann Chanthawong works with her husband at her stall near her house, days after she ended her novice...
Bangkok, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Boodsabann Chanthawong works with her husband at her stall near her house, days after she ended her novice monkhood, at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, in Bangkok, Thailand, December 16, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination women. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. "I'm going to overcome this obstacle and become ordained like I've always wanted," Boodsabann said. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAI
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees practice during a first orientation to become Buddhist novice monks at the Songdhammakalyani...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees practice during a first orientation to become Buddhist novice monks at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, November 17, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRA8
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees in white robes pray during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees in white robes pray during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAS
January 03, 2019
Novice monks pray during a morning routine at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province,...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Novice monks pray during a morning routine at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 14, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRA6
January 03, 2019
Thai women devotees in white robes walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
Thai women devotees in white robes walk in line during a mass female Buddhist novice monk ordination ceremony at the Songdhammakalyani monastery, Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 5, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
THAILAND-BUDDHISM/WOMEN
RTX6KRAN
January 03, 2019
The face of a novice monk is reflected in a bowl as she receives food offerings from people in Nakhon...
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand
The Wider Image: Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition
The face of a novice monk is reflected in a bowl as she receives food offerings from people in Nakhon Pathom province, Thailand, December 7, 2018. Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that, since 1928, has forbidden the ordination of women. A growing number of women defy generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at the unrecognised all-female Songdhammakalyani monastery. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha SEARCH "FEMALE MONKS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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