Wild Boar boys rescued from Thailand cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

Wild Boar boys rescued from Thailand cave to be ordained in Buddhist ceremony

11 of the 12 rescued boys and their coach will shave their heads and live in temples for nine days


Some of the boys received blessings during a Buddhist ceremony last Thursday.
Photo: AFP

Most of the boys rescued from the cave will have their heads shaved, put on special robes, and be ordained (be made monks) in a Buddhist ceremony this week, officials have said.

The Wild Boar football teammates are enjoying their first few days home after being released from hospital.

All made a speedy and surprising recovery after a week in hospital and, on their first day out, they prayed for good fortune in a traditional ceremony, and mourned a former Thai Navy Seal who died during the rescue efforts.

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Now they will go a step further and stay in a monastery, where monks live, before returning to normal life. This is commonly done in Buddhist-majority countries like Thailand.

“They will (live at the monastery) for nine days,” Prachon Pratsakul, the Chiang Rai governor, told reporters in a briefing at the Mae Sai district office in Chiang Rai. Eleven of the 12 boys ordained as novices, and their coach Ekapol Chantawong will be ordained as a monk which is Coach Ek, the governor added. Chantawong has already been in the monkhood before, and was said to have helped keep the boys calm inside the cave.

Praphun Khomjoi, Chiang Rai’s Buddhist office chief, said that the Wild Boar players will have their heads shaved today and attend a robing ceremony tomorrow.

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They will then stay in different monasteries until August 4.

One of the children, Adul Sargon, will not join them as he is Christian, the governor said.

Authorities have told media to give the teammates time to adjust to their lives but interest in the story remains high, with studios looking to make a Hollywood-style film on the saga.


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Wild Boar boys plan to join the monkhood


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