Many times in Thailand I've been wondering why I never see a monk of western origin who is hairy. Secretly I've been thinking that maybe some of them shave off their excess fur? In vinaya this seems to be falling under unnecessary beautification and/or maybe being too concerned about one's looks. Or maybe shaving excess chest hair standing out under robes falls under a rule for trying to be neat when in public? Or do they just ordinate those who aren't excessively hairy? This has been bothering me a while since the few thais I know don't consider a hairy westener an exactly nice thing to look at. Yet I'm sure there are lots of hairy fellows who are strolling on the path and have gone forth too in Thailand.