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Thai Cave Boys Ordained As Buddhist Novices

Eleven boys swapped their lay clothes for saffron-colored robes in a religious rite Wednesday. They'll spend nine days following Buddhist precepts in honor of the diver who died during their rescue.
Rescued Thai boys and members of the "Wild Boars" football team were ordained as novice Buddhist monks in a ceremony Wednesday. Their coach, Ekapol Chanthawong (left), was ordained as a monk. Source: Panumas Sanguanwong

Eleven of the boys who were rescued from a cave in Thailand earlier this month — an international mission that captivated the world — have been ordained as Buddhist novices in honor to the volunteer diver who died during the harrowing ordeal.

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