Boys rescued from Thai cave ordained at Buddhist temple

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Followers offer banknotes to soccer team members as they are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dramatic cave rescue last week in ...
Members of the soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepare to be ordained as Buddhist monks and novic...
Followers offer banknotes to soccer team member Mongkol Boonpiam, as he and his other teammates and coach are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices f...
The young soccer teammates and their coach who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepare to be ordained as Buddhist...
Soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, front, and members of the soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepa...
Bhak Loharjun, right, an army doctor who accompanied the young soccer teammates and their coach inside a cave, prays at a Buddhist ceremony as they pr...
Soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, left, and members of the soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they to be ...
Soccer teammates Chanin Vibulrungruang, left, and Mongkol Boonpiam, who were rescued last week from a flooded cave are ordained as Buddhist monks and ...
Soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, center, who was rescued from a flooded cave, attends a Buddhist ceremony as he was ordained as Buddhist monk in the ...
Followers offer banknotes to the soccer team member as they are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dramatic cave rescue last week ...
Followers offer banknotes to soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, as he and his teammates are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dram...
Followers offer banknotes to soccer team members as they are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dramatic cave rescue last week in ...

Followers offer banknotes to soccer team members as they are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dramatic cave rescue last week in ...

Members of the soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepare to be ordained as Buddhist monks and novic...

Followers offer banknotes to soccer team member Mongkol Boonpiam, as he and his other teammates and coach are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices f...

The young soccer teammates and their coach who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepare to be ordained as Buddhist...

Soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, front, and members of the soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they prepa...

Bhak Loharjun, right, an army doctor who accompanied the young soccer teammates and their coach inside a cave, prays at a Buddhist ceremony as they pr...

Soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, left, and members of the soccer team who were rescued from a flooded cave, attend a Buddhist ceremony as they to be ...

Soccer teammates Chanin Vibulrungruang, left, and Mongkol Boonpiam, who were rescued last week from a flooded cave are ordained as Buddhist monks and ...

Soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, center, who was rescued from a flooded cave, attends a Buddhist ceremony as he was ordained as Buddhist monk in the ...

Followers offer banknotes to the soccer team member as they are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dramatic cave rescue last week ...

Followers offer banknotes to soccer coach Ekkapol Chanthawong, as he and his teammates are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dram...

Followers offer banknotes to soccer team members as they are ordained as Buddhist monks and novices following their dramatic cave rescue last week in ...

MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The young soccer teammates and their coach who were rescued after being trapped in a cave in northern Thailand have been ordained at a Buddhist temple, a merit-making activity to show thanks for their rescue.

The 11 boys, ages 11 to 16, became Buddhist novices in a Wednesday ceremony, while their 25-year-old coach was ordained as a monk. One boy did not participate because he isn't Buddhist.

The group prepared for their ordinations on Tuesday with ceremonies that included shaving their heads.

Buddhist males in Thailand are traditionally expected to enter the monkhood at some point in their lives. A major reason for the boys to make the gesture was to give thanks for the former Thai navy SEAL who died while taking part in the operation to rescue them.