Saffron Robes

The guest house has just been blessed by monks from Khohascwan Temple. The process took about an hour. Seeing them all in their robes got me thinking as to why they wear saffron robes and have shaved heads?

It seems that saffron was chosen mainly because it was the most widely available dye at the time the monks started wearing robes. The tradition has stuck and saffron is now the colour of choice for Theravada Buddhist followers in Southeast Asia (Tibetan monks wear maroon robes for a similar reason). The robes together with the shaved heads are meant to symbolize simplicity and detachment from materialism (think I’ll keep hold of my iPad, iPod, iPhone, Kindle and DSLR at least for now!)



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