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Shinbyu is the Burmese term for a novitiation ceremony in the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. It is deemed the most important duty that parents owe to their son by letting him go forth and embrace the legacy of the Buddha, join the Sangha (monastic community) and become immersed in the teachings of the Buddha, the Dhamma, at least for a short while, perhaps longer if not for the rest of his life. A boy may become a novice on more than one occasion. Those who are not blessed with a male child will seek for an orphan boy or a boy from very poor families in order to receive this special dispensation by the Buddha and hence gain great merit by the act. Shinbyu may well be regarded as a rite of passage or coming of age ceremony as in other religions. Allowing a son to spend some time however short it may be, in a Buddhist monastery is regarded by most Buddhists as the best religious gift that his parents can give him and it is believed to have a lasting effect on his life.

The novitiates-to-be wear a royal outfit before ordination to re-enact Rahula's (Buddha's son) rejection of a princely life in exchange for a life of self-detachment. We came across this ceremonial procession as they stopped at an ancient gate to the city of Bagan to say prayers at a small wayside shrine. This is a very open and public ceremony and they were very pleased that we wanted to take photographs.


Tags: Religion Myanmar Ceremony Monks Landscape and travel Bhuddism

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 10:19AM
A very interesting foreword, one which I gleaned many snippets which I am sure will come in handy for playing Trivial Pursuits or attending the local Pub Quiz. The accompanying photograph is simply breathtaking, beautifully composed, processed and presented.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
28 Dec 2012 10:19AM
Thank you for the info for this well lit masterfully taken brilliant contextual portrait! Super photo, Dave!
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
28 Dec 2012 10:28AM
A fascinating explanation, Dave, and how very interesting. I wonder how the little lad felt about it all? A beautiful portrait. Carol
Irishkate Plus
7 41 111 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 10:33AM
An interesting narrative and a wonderful image Dave.
28 Dec 2012 10:43AM
An excellent, colourful photo with an informative explanation of this important event - thank you!

EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
28 Dec 2012 10:52AM
He looks so young! Great info and a wonderfully colourful image of this special moment.

28 Dec 2012 10:52AM
The colours and tones in this shot are amazing Dave
28 Dec 2012 10:53AM
A superb brilliant portrait.Thank you Dave for your information about another world with different culture usually unknown to us!!!
Richsr 10 91 223 England
28 Dec 2012 10:57AM
A fine image of this colourful novitiates-to-be and interesting narrative too Dave
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
28 Dec 2012 10:58AM
What a detailed, informative and interesting narrative to accompany this wonderful shot, Dave: and what an experience to have been there and witnessed this ceremony.
A very nice tight capture of this wee lad in his ceremonial best.
Would grace any travelogue brochure or National Geographic pages.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1812 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 11:03AM
Travelogue that is about culture and real humanity, not pretty beach sunsets and carefully posed faces. I wish there was more like this, it opens eyes.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 11:11AM
fantastic colours and detail dave love the comp a stunner nice one Wink
marktc Plus
7 96 15 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 11:15AM
Wonderful colours Dave, stunning clarity and super composition. Top notch Dave, hope you have had a good Christmas!
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
28 Dec 2012 11:23AM
A great background given to this charming and excellent photo Dave !!
Suzicoo 5 481 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 11:31AM

Quote:Travelogue that is about culture and real humanity, not pretty beach sunsets and carefully posed faces. I wish there was more like this, it opens eyes.

all been said, Excellent shot
28 Dec 2012 11:36AM
fine work David good narrative have seen many of these type of ceremonies in my 15 odd years living in and around Asian, he is so pround in his finery well capture you will do for me today nice one

l1z 5 3 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 11:56AM
excellent photo and interesting info, how lovely to have chance to capture this ceremony Smile
lovely colours great photo. christineGrinGrinGrinGrin
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
28 Dec 2012 12:12PM
A colourful and bright shot, enlightening in every way!
28 Dec 2012 12:32PM
Wonderful capture and excellent narrative, Dave.

28 Dec 2012 12:35PM
Thanks for sharing pic & an apt information.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
28 Dec 2012 12:42PM
Very colourful shot
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 12:51PM
thanks for your informative write up ....
...and what a grand shot you got as a bonus
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
28 Dec 2012 1:08PM
A very interesting write-up. It is wonderful to learn and see such things that happen in the world. A lovely colourful image too.......Sandy
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 1:12PM
Excellent image and interesting info to go with it Dave,

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
28 Dec 2012 1:13PM
Thank you for your time with the commentary - it was very interesting and informative to read.

I've always considered Buddhism to be the gentlest and most tolerant of religions - to take part in it if only for a short time would definitely impart some of its values on a young man.

This young boy looks very pleased to be part of the ceremony - proud of the fact. Wonderful photojournalism; down to the reflected sparkles of light on his face from the decoration on the clothing.

rayme330 5 17 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 1:39PM
A beautiful narrative to enhance an entrancing image, Dave. I have a feeling that Buddhists may have got it just about right.

28 Dec 2012 1:47PM
A beautiful and colourful image with an excellent narrative Dave
A lovely coloured portrait with nice detail added texture in the sun shade.
well done. WesternRed.
28 Dec 2012 2:50PM
This is colourful Dave, lovely expression captured,
netta1234 5 382 2 Wales
28 Dec 2012 2:54PM
This is a BRILLIANT portrait,verry colourful and full of great detail and a big smileSmileSmile
8 10 10 England
28 Dec 2012 3:21PM
Great portrait and so colourful - great explanation too.
28 Dec 2012 3:32PM
A wonderful image and write up
Tibetan 5 3 England
28 Dec 2012 4:14PM
And the umbrella is also a sign of royalty or high ranking personage, so it is allowed for this ceremony, nice photo Dave, I think this series should get you a lot of awards so have another, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
11 1.0k 1966 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 4:42PM
Colourful and endearing, I love the few elements that you have included, just sufficient to give us an idea of the ceremony, and the child's smile makes it even more special. Thankyou for the informative narrative to accompany the image, it brings it to life.
derekhansen Plus
9 210 24 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 4:52PM
Beautifully captured and processed Dave.
AnnChown Plus
8 202 1 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 5:52PM
What a fascinating ceremony - I'm pleased he looks happy about it. Great travel photography Dave.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 6:52PM
Fantastic portrait Dave, fabulous light and excellent detail, fascinating write up, all the best for 2013

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 7:35PM
What a fascinating description, and an enchanting photograph.
HELANA 7 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 9:37PM
Grate information Dave and grate portrait full of colour.I hope you have another shot including the animal in which the young boy is sitting.Lots of opportunities in festivals like this.
pdcche 7 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2012 10:43PM
Splendid portrait Dave, looks so happy and colourful too, Peter..
29 Dec 2012 7:37AM
A beautiful photo so crisp and clear with wonderful colors.

29 Dec 2012 8:28AM
Excellent image and fascinating write up. Thanks for sharing. A
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
29 Dec 2012 8:56AM
This is technically one of the best shots I have seen for many a year.

I worked for a major photographic company for 26 years hence my comments.

Thank you Lad.

ChiliMan Plus
11 135 17 Singapore
29 Dec 2012 9:24AM
Gosh...what lovely light and colour!

Beautifully captured, Dave Smile

Humblebee 5 1 England
29 Dec 2012 11:28AM
Hi Dave. Your narrative gives a wonderful insight into this intriguing aspect of Buddhism and your image is a masterpiece bringing your words to life. How lovely to have experienced such a colourful ceremony and to have captured it so perfectly in this enchanting portrait ... Carol Grin
29 Dec 2012 11:47AM
A fabulous capture of this ritual. (-just posted !!! first in ages been busy with making photo books for family ! + wee exhibition next month ) )
29 Dec 2012 4:04PM
A great moment, with obvious enjoyment from the child Dave! Really striking colours.
29 Dec 2012 8:30PM
I gladly would have given the award for this wonderful picture. But unfortunately I do not have this opportunity now ... Just perfect shot, Dave!Smile
Regards Valery
almiles 8 38 102 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 6:56AM
Another great travel image Dave! Love the tight comp framing him on 3 sides by furry head, handle and parasol which help draw attention to him, as does his finery. He looks caught between being really pleased and slightly embarrassed at being the centre of attention which gives added facial interest. The disparity between his clothes and the shady slightly rund down backdrop creates mystery which is only explained by your highly informative blurb. Another triumph from your travels, this one! Smile
astyag 10 12
30 Dec 2012 8:58AM
Sometimes on EPZ you really find superb and priceless write ups that you just want to read more and forget about the image, let alone the portrait itself is just amazing!
Hop-A-Long 10 52 1 England
30 Dec 2012 9:11AM
Lovely portrait with fantastic colours.

rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
30 Dec 2012 10:23AM
Very colourful Dave, captures the vibrancy of this celebration.
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
30 Dec 2012 11:52AM
Beautiful portrait with wonderful colour and detail Dave. Very interesting write up too.
jaktis 13 84 Sweden
30 Dec 2012 2:43PM
So excellent details

fazzer 8 54 7 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 4:43PM
Lovely shot Dave , love the little ones expression and thanks again for a very interesting write up
Jeremy Smile
UrbaneMagick 5 172 1 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 4:56PM
Beautiful image of clarity, colour & tradition Dave.

well done on the shed load of awards you have fact, you'll need a new shed at this rate.

Gareth Smile
5 3 8 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 6:45PM
Cracking detail and colour. And thanks for the interesting descriptionGrin
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
30 Dec 2012 6:58PM
What superb tones and colors so beautiful Dave.
JimV 11 6 3 Canada
31 Dec 2012 3:50AM
The write-up, the tradition and the shot are all so brillliant I really don't know which, or what, I'm most impressed with Dave, so I'll just sat "well done"
Rgds., Jim
31 Dec 2012 9:32PM
Such a wonderful capture Dave..Lin
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 1:08AM
Beautifully captured, thank you for the information! Grin , Love the shot...IB
3 Jan 2013 5:59PM
Super image Dave.

John Smile
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
4 Jan 2013 8:10AM
Fascinating writeup and great pic. Such a wonderful expression and such vibrant colours. Must have been a special trip. Paul
LexEquine 11 19 United States
8 Jan 2013 7:33PM
'Wonderful color reportage candid Portrait Shot' ~ Peter
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
22 Jan 2013 11:02PM
A fabulous image and narrative giving us a fascinating insight into their culture

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