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CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
5 Jul 2013 8:08AM
A lovely image, Jean-Noel. Carol

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Nigeve1 6 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 8:09AM
Great group portrait, nicely composed.
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
5 Jul 2013 9:38AM
Wonderful group portrait Jean-Noel.GrinGrin::GrinGrin
Alda 6 70 30 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 9:44AM
Am I the only one who thinks it's a bit sad that these young boys don't have a chance at a 'normal' life. No parties, no girlfriends (I assume they have to be celibate). Do they have a choice to become monks or are they forced into it by their families?
tomcat 13 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 11:43AM
An interesting comment by Alda
Would be good to know Jean-Noel

To answer Alda's and Tomcat's question:

First of all, young people in Vietnam do not have the same type of life as in the Western World. From a young age, they work. They help their family in the fields, workshop ...etc... They go to school as well when the parents can do without their help and have the money to pay for the school. They also look after their younger siblings. They don't have parties for their birthday or sleep overs ....etc... as in the countryside, people are poor and do their best to feed themselves and their families. The children I've seen, seem happy. They are full of life and curiosity. Their life is a far cry from what we take for granted.

Life is a struggle in Vietnam but people get on with it.

Buddhism is very strong for many families in Vietnam. There are shrines in every houses for the ancestors and there are religious festivals at various times during the year in village where they live or near the village. So from an early age a child is immersed in the Buddhist culture.

The decision to become a novice monk is the child's decision. From what I've read, there are various steps before you go and live in a monastery. Also you don't have to stay a monk all your life.

This LINK will explain the experience from a monk in Vietnam and give the reasons for his choice for a monastic life.
Daisymaye 10 23 16 Canada
5 Jul 2013 3:11PM
Very interesting and informative, the comment by you just above. It sounds a hard but good life. Just wish we could install some of their goodness into some of our children. Not saying all our children need it but some do. A lovely fun and happy portrait.......Sandy
paskinmj 10 11 1 United Kingdom
5 Jul 2013 10:44PM
Nice travel photography.
10 10 10 England
6 Jul 2013 8:30AM
A very happy trio of youngsters in this shot Jean-Noel and thanks for the information.
Alda 6 70 30 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2013 1:11PM
Thank you for the helpful information Jean-Noel, much appreciated GrinGrin

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