Photographer's Note

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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