Their dramatic rescue from the cave caught the attention of the entire world. And now that the Thai soccer team is free, they are taking steps to become Buddhist monks on Tuesday. They will also participate in a ceremony intended to honor their rescuers.
Eleven of the 12 team members who were trapped in a cave system for more than three weeks attended a pre-ordination ceremony on Tuesday morning in Thailand. Their initiation was completed at a second event in the afternoon.
The ceremony the team was involved in honored Lt. Cmdr. Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL. He died during the cave rescue operation on July 6. The one teammate who did not participate, Adul Sam-on, is a Christian and instead attended a local church to perform a separate ceremony.
The eleven others will begin their week-long experience as Buddhist novices starting Wednesday morning, when they will have their heads shaved. The practice is considered a high honor in Thailand. They will leave the monastery and return to their normal life on August 3.
CNN posted this message about the boys on Twitter: “The Thai soccer team rescued from a cave took their first steps in becoming novice Buddhist monks today in a ceremony intended to honor their rescuers.”
The Thai soccer team rescued from a cave took their first steps in becoming novice Buddhist monks today in a ceremony intended to honor their rescuers https://t.co/ea68pE58qY pic.twitter.com/1AV1u7pTYp
— CNN (@CNN) July 24, 2018
The members of the Wild Boars soccer team were just released from hospital in the last week, after being rescued from a water filled cave by an international team of divers.
The group went into the cave on June 23rd after a soccer practice and were missing for 10 days before they were discovered trapped inside the cave system.
Two of their rescuers, Australian divers Craig Challen and Richard Harris, were awarded the Star of Courage by the Australian government in a ceremony on Tuesday.