Suara.com – A group of monks from Thailand headed for Borobudur Temple on foot to attract public attention. It is known that the monks are carrying out the Thudong ritual which will eventually end at Borobudur Temple.
On various social media, videos of Thai monks walking are widely circulated. However, from one of the videos circulating, there are actually things that make netizens furious. The reason is, instead of circulating videos of local residents calling monks ‘bald’.
In the video that was re-uploaded by the Tiktok account @agusmonotaudio4, residents can be heard calling the monks ‘bald’. Hearing this, one of the monks looked and warned the residents.
Netizens who saw the video were immediately furious. According to some netizens, people who call bald cannot respect fellow humans. In fact, citizens should be able to respect differences and religious tolerance.
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“It is necessary for parents to educate children in tolerance, respect and appreciate every difference,” wrote one netizen in the comments column.
“You should respect fellow human beings even though they have different religions,” commented another account.
Monks themselves in Buddhism do look bald. However, it seems that behind the baldness of a monk there is a meaning and history of its own.
Launching Head Blade, this hair shaving is known as a tonsure. The shaving of the monks’ hair is symbolized as a renunciation of the ego and worldly fashions.
Meanwhile, in Buddhism, shaving the hair on the face and face is part of Pabbajja, which is when a person leaves his home to lead a Buddhist life.
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This is an important part of the person’s path to becoming a monk. Therefore, monks are usually bald and clean-shaven. For the process there are also some rules or guidelines listed for ordained followers.
Some of these guidelines are on the Khandhaka list, including the following.
Must use a razor to remove hair.No cutting with scissors (unless medically necessary).No plucking and/or coloring gray hair.No hair care including brushing, etc.
Meanwhile, cutting hair until bald is also interpreted as preventing self-esteem.