Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition

Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition

Last month, Boodsabann Chanthawong (below) joined a growing number of women defying generations of Thai Buddhist tradition by becoming ordained as novice monks at an unrecognised all-female monastery outside Bangkok.

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Thailand's Rebel Female Buddhist Monks Defy Tradition ...

Officially, only men can become monks and novices in Thailand under a Buddhist order that since 1928 has forbidden the ordination of women. The country does not recognize female monks or novices.

Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition

Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition A growing number of women are bucking an order in place since 1928, and donning monks' traditional saffron robes.

Thailand's rebel female Buddhist monks defy tradition ...

In recent years, more Thai Buddhist women seeking to become full-fledged "bhikkunis," or female monks, have been defying the tradition by pursuing the other option: getting ordained overseas, usually in Sri Lanka or India.