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#15 Thai cave boys graduate as Buddhist monks… but were they coerced into monastery?

The Thai football players and their coach who were trapped inside a flooded cave for two weeks have been ordained as novice Buddhist monks in honour of the diver who died trying to rescue them. 

Around 300 people gathered for the ceremony at the Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province, which saw the boys leave the temple to return to their families.

Eleven boys from the Wild Boars football team along with their 25-year-old coach dedicated the ordination to former Thai navy SEAL, Saman Gunan, who died on a voluntary mission trying to save the boys. The twelfth boy did not go to the religious ritual as he is not Buddhist.

Eleven members of the 'Wild Boars' Thai football team pray during a ceremony to mark the end of their nine day retreat as novice Buddhist monks at the Wat Phra That Doi Tung temple in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province of Thailand

The boys' wore traditional orange robes during the ceremony at the monastery, which is located near Thailand's border with Myanmar

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