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Initiation of Novicehood and the Ordination of Monkhood in the Burmese Buddhist Culture
   


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  Sao Htun Hmat Win

Initiation of Novicehood and the Ordination of Monkhood in the Burmese Buddhist Culture

     
   
      

This book is based on a case study of an initiation ceremony which took place in 1935 in the southern Shan States, today part of Burma. The initiation ceremony for a novice in the Buddhist Monastic order, followed by a longer or shorter period of residence in a monastery, is a traditional requirement for all Burmese Buddhist boys. The ceremony not only marks an important stage in the life cycle of the young novice and constitutes a culminating point in the life of the donors to the ceremony—usually, though not always, the parents of the novice—but it also provides an occasion for the fulfillment of an important community function. Part 1 describes the initiation procedures to enter the novicehood. Part 2 presents the higher ordination ceremony of Buddhist monks.


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