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Royal tonsure ceremony in Siam, 19th century

Royal tonsure ceremony in Siam, 19th century

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Royal tonsure ceremony in Siam (modern-day Thailand), 19th-century illustration. Tonsure is the religious practice of shaving all or part of your hair to demonstrate devotion to your faith. Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, where the tonsure ceremony (chuk) is a rite of passage that takes place at the age of 9, 11 or 13. The royal tonsure ceremony in Thailand is a traditional topknot ceremony that took place in the Grand Palace in Bangkok over seven days and ended with the king cutting the topknot off the child's head. Artwork published in 1863.

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