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where they leave a tuft of hair, which, as a child grows older, is plaited and fastened with metal pins, which are jewelled in the case of the wealthy. The forelock or tuft of hair is shaved off on reaching the nth year (adolescence), both in the case of boys and girls. The shaving of the forelock of a boy or a girl forms an important event in a family, and it is performed on an auspicious day (chosen by a Brahmin priest after consulting astrology) with much ceremony accompanied by the reading of sutras, a some great personage of a village at the request of the family generally using the razor with his own hand. In the case of children of the royal family, the king performs the act with a razor A Siamese Yellow Rodbd Monk. profusely adorned with
gold and gems. The occasion is further celebrated with theatrical, or musical, performances, etc., to which all the relatives and friends of the family are invited.
Young children of the well-to-do classes are often painted all over their bodies with a yellow pigment, supposed to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. In order to teach them swimming, mothers often place their young children in water, with a small floating apparatus of tin attached to each arm.
The second great event of life is marriage. The ordinary age for matrimony is 17 or 18 years in the case of young men, and 14 or '5 in that of girls. The matches are arranged by a go-between, and the first duty of a would-be bridegroom is to provide a house to take the bride to and to make a present of 'milk-money' (gold and silver) to the bride's mother, in order it is supposed to remunerate her for all the labours of bringing up her daughter The wedding ceremony is conducted bv Buddhist priests and consists in the reading of the sutras and is followed by a banquet to which the relatives and friends are invited. Grand theatrical entertain-