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Postby jcsuperstar » Sun May 24, 2009 1:51 am

what is the point of that extra robe, folded up, that just hangs over the shoulder? :shrug:
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Re: robe question

Postby Dhammanando » Sun May 24, 2009 2:21 am

Hi JC,

It's called a saṅghāṭi and was originally prescribed for use in cold weather. It still serves this purpose for thudong monks and monks living in cooler climes, but for everyone else it is now merely decorative.

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Re: robe question

Postby jcsuperstar » Sun May 24, 2009 5:32 am

cool thanks!
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Re: robe question

Postby gavesako » Sun May 24, 2009 5:41 am

Often this robe is no longer made properly, i.e. as double-thickness robe, which requires quite elaborate sewing. Most town and village monks will just use another robe and because they never unfold it, they sometimes staple the ends together so that it stays flat and pretty!
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Re: robe question

Postby Mawkish1983 » Sun May 24, 2009 3:39 pm

gavesako wrote:so that it stays flat and pretty!

---- for vanity? :s
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Re: robe question

Postby BlacKat » Tue May 26, 2009 11:29 am

It seems the sanghati could also be used as a bed cover, blanket, etc. But nowadays it's mostly worn as part of the "uniform" and has lost it's functionality.
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