Buat, Wat, Catfish

 Paw Aw Surong is our friend and the director of my new school. She invited us to a Buat (Monk ordination) on Saturday.  

The new monk is pictured in the oval on the banner, behind the entertainer. I am struck by the differences between Buddhist religious practice and the Catholic traditions of my early childhood — traditions that rejected sensuality and pleasure in favor of stern self-denial.

  

The Nong Ya Sai wat has catfish as big as my torso. You can hear them burp if you listen carefully.

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