Dek Wat

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Buddhism In Thailand - Ordination and Clergy
... century, most monks in Thailand began their careers by serving as dek wat (Thai เด็กวัด) (literally, 'child of the wat') ... Dek wat are traditionally no younger than eight, and do minor housework around the temple ... The primary reason for becoming a dek wat is to gain a basic education, particularly in basic reading and writing and the memorization of the scriptures chanted ...