11 members of a soccer team who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand for nearly 2 weeks took part in a ceremony to enter the monkhood at a Buddhist temple on Wednesday.

The boys, aged 11 to 16, shaved their heads and attended a novice ceremony to be monks in Chiang Rai province.

A 12th member of the team did not take part in the ceremony because he is not Buddhist. The team's 25-year-old coach, Ekapol Chanthawong, was ordained as a monk on Wednesday.

The team became trapped in the cave on June 23 when heavy rain from a seasonal monsoon blocked the entrance to the cave.

The massive international rescue effort included expert cave divers from Thailand, England and Great Britain and was televised all over the world.

The team dedicated their ceremony to Saman Gunan, the retired NAVY diver who died delivering oxygen tanks to the boys in the cave.

“Their lives will change now,” said Manit Prakobkit, an official of a regional cultural group. “This experience will help them to appreciate their parents and give them a taste of Dhamma."

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So you're joining an organization one of whose representative almost cost you your life?

    I think not!!!

  • Coy little wink

    I read this is a temporary act in order to honor the navy seal who died...seems very honorable to me

  • WhoKnew

    Wait a minute. I thought Monks were supposed to live a vow of silence, chastity, obedience and poverty. Is that money that's being given to them in those buckets? Who knew?

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    this whole thing has taken an even more bizzare turn. how about some schooling. I don’t know, maybe next they’ll be erecting statutes of all of them.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I don't really understand what being a monk have to do with anything that happend

  • Trace da Ace

    I'm not really sure how to comment on this.....ummm....well....yeah.....aww fuck it....see ya next post--->

  • pecancandy

    I have nothing on this.

  • Hill Candy

    I was wondering the same.

  • oshh16

    Well that makes more sense.

  • Thingamajig

    Took the words right outta my mouth.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    I'm right there with y'all. Just glad they got out safe. That's it.

  • my view


  • davine puddin

    I dont know them but i love those babies. Whatever inspire them to be good men for mankind i am all for it.

  • free

    i was GONNA have something but...sigh...i digress.

  • Bashi22

    spiritual awaken for them i guess

  • Jussjess25

    Everything, it was apart of the whole publicity stunt. Seeking attention

  • Jussjess25

    Who convinced these children to become monks?? The whole story sounds crazy

  • FukkFolks2018

    Lord does anyone do any further reading? Ever? This is a religion custom. It's not forever. It's for nine days

    "The boys plan to join local temples as novices for nine days starting on Wednesday, to give thanks for their safety and to honor a volunteer diver who died during the long rescue effort. Their time in the temples will include meditating, praying, and performing charitable deeds"

  • Yui

    Lord does anyone do any further reading? Ever? This is a religion custom. It's not forever. It's for nine days


    Nope. Too much like right—
    We’re in the age of information and rarely go beyond what we see.

  • Quitedeliteful

    This is a religion custom. It's not forever. It's for nine days
    Reading and Researching is fundamental...

  • Logan Roberts

    Bless the innocent children.

  • Blue

    ion care if they shave the neighbors cat. Stay y'all arses out of them caves.

  • Stan4NoOne

    How in the Hell is the coach not being charged for this? A man died because of his stupidity.

  • the guest

    These boys are showing penance and gratitude. Amen to them. They have been young gentleman throughout this entire ordeal, rescue, and recovery.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Point out the obvious. Folks need to wear their Readers.