The Brutal Ordination Parade

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Thai men are expected to ordain as monks at least once in their life. This usually happens once they have reached their 20th birthday. However, these days, the men are not always so willing, citing they have no time to become monks. But, many still do for the sake of their parents, even if it is just for a short time. However, in Ban Non Salao in Chaiyaphum, they have a tradition where the men have to pass a kind of endurance test to show their real intent in becoming monks. This involves hanging on for dear life as they are carried around the village on a bamboo stretcher while it is being shaken violently. If they fall off they cannot become a monk.

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Map showing location of  the Brutal Ordination Parade in Chaiyaphum:

GPS Coordinates: 16.349391, 102.053506

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