Rescued from a cave in Thailand, the children and the coach became monks
BANGKOK, 25 Aug — RIA Novosti. Eleven of the twelve Teens, players of Junior football team “the Boar Forest”, and their coach, rescued from a flooded cave ten in Thailand, where they spent more than two weeks, on Wednesday at solemn ceremony dedicated to Buddhist novices and monks.
The ceremony, which was held at the Buddhist monastery of Wat Phra that DOI Tung, one of the largest monasteries in Chiang Rai province, was broadcast live on TV channel Thai PBS.
Eleven teenagers and the coach, which they were before joining the monastic Sangha (community) procedure otrigine and shaving the hair and eyebrows, at the ceremony on Wednesday received the monastic yellow-orange robes and bowls to collect alms.
Senior monks of several monasteries dressed guys and their coach in a monk’s robe during the singing of mantras in the presence of their family and many guests of the ceremony, among whom were the Governor of Chiang Rai province and senior officials from several provinces of Northern Thailand, as well as rescuers, doctors, and combat swimmers of the Navy of Thailand, participated in the operation to rescue them, reports the channel.
From the caves of Tham Luang was saved twelve young football players and their coach, but one of the adolescents by religion a Christian, so he was present at the ceremony only as a spectator.
The teenagers were ordained novices, not monks, as for each of them a dedication to members of the Sangha was the first in my life. Team coach Ekkaphon Chanthavong, raised in a monastery and passed the probation in childhood, was dedicated to the monks, said the channel.