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While in Rangoon in December 1972 I made a day trip to a town called Pegu, nowadays known as Bagu, about two hours by bus or train to the north. I saw a few Buddhist temples and on my way to the train station in the late afternoon I came across a large procession of people accompanying a number of small boys dressed in fancy clothes and riding on horses. They were on their way to a temple where the boys would have their hair shaved and then spend some time with the monks as novices. Some of them would probably stay for just a week, others longer, some maybe for life.

I was happy to be able to watch at least the first part of this initiation ceremony, known in Burmese as "Shinbyu". I was disappointed that the crowds and the low angle of the sun caused me some problems when taking pictures. The three photos I post today, all scanned from Kodachrome slides, may at least give you some idea of the procession and the crowds. In the main photo you can't properly see the parasol used to protect the boy from the sun, but there are lots of golden parasols in a workshop. Another workshop shows a dancing lady, and many others.

Here is a larger version of the main photo.

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