Shan boys, Poy Sang Long ceremony, Thailand

John Spies

Mae Hong Son, Thailand

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The Shan, devout Buddhists, linguistically related to the Thai, are originally from Burma’s Shan State, the country’s biggest. Over the past few centuries many Shan have migrated to Thailand, recently to flee persecution from the Burmese military. The Poy Sang Long ceremony, where young boys dressed as princes are ordained as novice monks, derives from the story of the young Indian prince who reached enlightenment. This picture was taken in a small Shan village in Mae Hong Son province near the Burma border, 3 kms from the headquarters of the Shan State Army that has been fighting the Junta for around 60 years….
Taken with a Canon 5DMKII, natural light

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