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Thousands gather for cash handouts at an ordination ceremony in Ratchaburi

 

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Several thousands of people flocked to Wat Potharam in Potharam district of Ratchaburi province this morning (Saturday) hoping to be lucky enough to get cash handouts distributed by a wealthy businessman on the occasion of the ordination of his son at the temple.

 

22-year old Thana Kamonpanthip entered into the monkhood at the temple in a grand ceremony arranged by his parents, Mr Somchai and Mrs Kwanjai, owners of a finance company and a resort in the province.

 

The ceremony featured a procession of elephants and horses bringing the ceremonial hosts and close relatives to the temple ground.  But the highlight of the event was the distribution of one million baht cash.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/thousands-gather-cash-handouts-ordination-ceremony-ratchaburi/

 

 
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hoping to be lucky enough to get cash handouts distributed by a wealthy businessman Hmmm could also be if you vote for the elite and the junta !

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22-year old Thana Kamonpanthip entered into the monkhood at the temple in a grand ceremony arranged by his parents, Mr Somchai and Mrs Kwanjai, owners of a finance company and a resort in the province.

 

Some how I can see them getting some of that back

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4 hours ago, tracker1 said:

hoping to be lucky enough to get cash handouts distributed by a wealthy businessman Hmmm could also be if you vote for the elite and the junta !

 And none of it has any connection whatever, in fact an anathema to the principles of Buddhism.

 

Why didn't the abbot say 'can't do that!'

 

 

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Pantomime season is here:

Our monk's better than your monk.

Oh no he's not

Oh yes he is, we've bought him the way to a better next life already - paid cash in advance.

 

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The "patron-client" system in full swing.

 

Any ancient Roman would recognize the process.

 

Curiously enough Thai politics also utilizes the 'Optimates' (oligarchic- 'good men') versus the 'Populares' model.

 

With whoever controls the army coming out on top.

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2 hours ago, scorecard said:

 And none of it has any connection whatever, in fact an anathema to the principles of Buddhism.

 

Why didn't the abbot say 'can't do that!'

 

 

Maybe the Abbot was in the front row?

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....duhhh...

 

...finance company...???

 

...next step is the recipients will get back to the generous hosts and sign up for some financing...???

 

...possibly the most cost-effective business move they have even done...???

 

...wonder if they have ever done it before...

 

 

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13 hours ago, scorecard said:

 And none of it has any connection whatever, in fact an anathema to the principles of Buddhism.

 

Why didn't the abbot say 'can't do that!'

 

 

Perhaps he is getting the biggest handout?

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