The ornate gold and orange patterns align the surrounding ins and outs of Buddhist temples, appearing all around the country of Thailand and often times the centerpiece for cities and villages within its borders. Buddhism is the primary religion in Thailand where men beginning at the age of 20 to elderly are ordained as monks into the Buddhist church. Monk ordinations are a common occurrence throughout the nation. Ordaining is a strong symbol of honor and pride for Buddhist families, and a traditional practice of gaining merit for not only the ordained but their families as well. Often times ordained monks will continue their practice as figures of the church for years, weeks, and some as little as a few days.


Ordination in Theravada Buddhism An Early Account by J. F. Dickson