Shinpyu Ceremony, or Novitiation Ceremony, is an impt ceremony in Burma.
For a Burmese boy, this is the most important ceremony. Historically, it symbolizes the Great Renunciation of Prince Siddhatta and the initiation of his son, the young prince, Yahula.
The Shin Laung(novice monk) is dressed in prince-style costumes and placed on a horse being sheltered with golden umbrellas by an attendant. The younger boys sat on the shoulders of their fathers or male relative. The procession travels through the whole village or many roads if in a town and finally arrives at the destination, i.e the monastery where the boy is to stay as a novice.
The last time this village held their Shinpyu Ceremony was abt 12 yrs ago, according to my guide. The reason being, it takes time to collect enough boys for the ceremony. This time round, there are 199 novices to be initiated. I am blessed to be part of this ceremony.
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Prisley (1485) 2008-01-08 5:38
Interesting note Sebastian. Though on the photograph side I am not that convinced. It could be the POV, too far, or the omnipresence of grey (not enough white to my eye) which flattens the pic and doesn't create enough dynamic. I also regret that we barely see the children above the scene (indeed it is an excellent detail but too dark here to be efficient).
Still there are things that I like: the boy that looks in your direction on the left + the alignement of umbrellas + the windows above (squarry) contrating somehow with the line of people below.
kwekwekan (1078) 2008-01-30 9:04
Too bad you haven't had more comments on this photo. First, what an interesting festival; thanks for giving me a glimpse into the culture of a part of a world I am very unfamiliar with. On the photography side, I really like your composition. It is certainly not typical, but I think you've effectively (and creatively) included many important elements of the ceremony: the procession, the young boys on shoulders, the onlookers from above. The line of umbrellas & thatched texture of the building are also well captured.
BennyV (17064) 2008-05-27 0:42
I was sent here by your latest upload ("What is that?") and found myself surprised that this got only 3 point so far. The first comment is honest and right, but I'm sure if it hadn't been there, this shot would have got more applause. I think this good documentary shot deserves it.