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In Myanmar, becoming a novice monk is a great honor for families. It’s customary for every young boy to enter a Buddhist monastery, starting with an initiation ceremony known as Shin Pyu, where children as young as 18 months take part.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2018
Photo Location: Bagan, Myanmar
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Rajani Ramanathan