The Spiritual Life of the Little Monks of Burma
As the sun rises and wisps of smoke from burning incense fill the empty hallways, the little monks of Burma wake to begin their daily routines. In this Asian country, also known as Myanmar, every boy between the ages of eight and sixteen is required to learn the teachings of Buddha. It is believed that this will allow them to find nirvana later in life and give their parents the benefit of not suffering in the afterlife. After an initiation ceremony, the boys are brought to a monastery where their heads are shaved and they don little saffron robes. For as little as one week—or, for as long as they want—the boys do daily chores, study and learn chants and prayers.The ones that stay grow up together, forming a close connection and ultimately becoming a brotherhood.