Poy Sang Long
The Poy Sang Long (Shan: ပွႆးသၢင်ႇလွင်း; lit. "Festival [of the] Crystal Sons") is a rite of passage ceremony among the Shan peoples, in Myanmar (also known as Burma) and in neighbouring Northern Thailand, undergone by boys at some point between seven and fourteen years of age. It consists of taking novice monastic vows and participating in monastery life for a period of time that can vary from a week to many months or more. Usually, a large group of boys are ordained as novice monks at the same time.
It can also be observed in neighbouring Thailand, where Shan immigrants have brought over the traditions from Myanmar. The ceremony goes on for three days, as the boys (dressed up like princes in imitation of the Lord Buddha, who was himself a prince before setting out on the religious path) spend the entire time being carried around on the shoulders of their older male relatives. On the third day, they are ordained, and enter the monastery for a period of at least one week, and perhaps many years.
- "The Poy Sang Long Festival" in Chiangrai Magazine
- "The Poy Sang Long Festival" by Thanapol Chadchaidee
- Poi Sang Long Festival in Chiang Dao
- Shan Tradition Rules in a Northern Thai Town Sai Silp, The Irrawaddy, April 2007
- "Shan - Rites of Passage - Sang Long" in Chiang Mai
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