musings on music, travel, books, and life from Southeast Asia

Composed Monks Posing

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Back at Tat Ein Monastery in Shan State, the novice monks keep thinking up new ways to pose for photos. In all of the photos you see in this post, the monks themselves, sometimes resulting in fits of giggling. “Grab that umbrella!” … “Let’s do the reclining Buddha pose!” … “Come and kneel in front of the Buddha figure!” … “Hey, let’s read a book!” They even posed me in some of the shots.

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Usually one monk would get an inspired thought and the rest of his buddies would follow suit, either copying the pose or using a variation of the original. Sometimes they’d pose individually or sometimes in duos, but I couldn’t stop clicking until I’d fulfilled all requests.

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There’s never a dull moment with this crew, but believe it or not, sometimes they actually have to study!

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