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Boys in front of Movie Theatre in Hsipaw, Myanmar

Monk Matinee

Hsipaw, Myanmar

Monk Boys Walking in Pathein, MyanmarAlthough Buddhism is the dominant religion of Asia, in many areas monkhood is not necessarily for a lifetime dedication toward the attainment of enlightenment, but simply the best way for parents to give their child a proper education. In fact, in remote rural areas, monastic schooling may be the only formal education available for children. But boys will be boys, so instead of contemplating the meaning of life they are playing hooky and contemplating what movie to see. Shouldn’t be too difficult though, as their choices are limited — there is no multiplex here. If only achieving enlightenment was so easy.