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Sorting Out the Monks

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More monk photos? Well, why not? But I promise that this is the last of the batch … at least for now. I took so many photos of the novice monks at the monastery in Tat Ein village earlier this year that it’s taken me this long to post the best of the lot.

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For most of the past week I’ve been sorting through stacks of prints that I had made of some of those monk photos. The plan is to give each monk a small flip-through album with his photos inside; their own personal souvenir. The biggest problem I found while sorting through all the photos this time, however, was trying to identify who was who. I mean, you take a young novice monk with a shaven head and they all tend to look alike!

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There were a few of the monks that I could easily identify, mainly because they had been at the monastery for a few years already and I know them. But some of the newer faces took some real scrutinizing before I could clearly determine who it was. Hopefully, I haven’t screwed things up and put some other kids’ photo in the album of a different monk! But we’ll find out when I head back to the village at the end of this month. I’m looking forward to both getting out of Bangkok for a spell and also seeing these pleasant young monks again. If my money holds out I might even take them on another field trip this time around too.

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