Tham Luang Cave Survivors Ordained Into Monkhood

Members of the Buddhist clergy and Chiang Rai officials have jointly held an ordination ceremony for the 12 children of Moo Pa Academy youth football team in dedication to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Lt Cmd Saman Kunan, who gave his life during their rescue from Tham Luang Cave. 

Acting Lord Abbot of Chiang Rai province Phra Rattana Muni led the Lord Abbots of all 18 districts of Chiang Rai in shaving the heads of the 12 boys at Wat Phra Tat Doi Wao in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai.

Tham Luang Cave Survivors Ordained Into Monkhood

The 12 then underwent a Lanna ceremony to ensure their physical readiness to enter into the monkhood. The ceremony was led by the abbot of Wat Phra Tat Ripunchai, where the team’s Coach Ake, who was also trapped in Tham Luang Cave with the team, once served as a monk. The 12 are to return to Wat Phra Tat Doi Wao from Wat Phra Tat Doi Tung after completing their ordination today (July 25) to remain in the monkhood for a total nine days. Their coach decided to remain in the monkhood for the time being.

Speaking of the thank you event to be held for all involved in the rescue of Moo Pa Academy youth football team this August 1, Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said the happening will be to thank those that helped the team as well as to acknowledge their display of unity and integrative work, which has been lauded by the international community.

The Cabinet decided during a retreat meeting that a committee be setup to produce a film or documentary about the rescue of the 13 lives. Representatives from involved offices such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Culture will be part of the committee to ensure that it is accurate and sensitive to the survivors.

Source : NNT

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