Wild Boars, soldiers in religious ceremony dedicated to ex-SEAL Samarn

Members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach this morning attended a traditional blessing ceremony at a local temple in Mae Sai District in Chiang Rai as nine soldiers entered monkhood as a dedication to former SEAL member Samarn Gunan who died while taking part in an operation to rescue the young footballers trapped in Tham Luang cave.

The Lanna style ceremony was conducted at Wat Phra That Doiwao by 12 monks who included a prominent monk from neighbouring Myanmar to bless the young survivors of the Tham Luang cave saga with good fortunes and longevity.

The Wild Boars boys, who were discharged from Chiang Rai hospital yesterday, also attended a religious ceremony dedicated to ex-Navy SEAL Samarn. The ceremony was also joined by nine soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Battalion who were earlier ordained at another Buddhist temple as a dedication to Samarn.

The soldiers’ ordination ceremony was held at Wat Ban Chong temple in Tambon Pong Pha, Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district as a dedication to Saman, who has been posthumously promoted from the rank of petty officer to lieutenant commander.

Meanwhile, 11 of the 13 Wild Boars rescued from Tham Luang plan to enter monkhood as a tribute to Samarn on July 23. The two others will not join the ordination as one of them is a Christian and one a Muslim.

Coach Aekapol Chanthawong reportedly will be in monkhood for three months, while 10 members of the Moo Pa Academy football team will be ordained as novices for nine days.