Did A Monk Wear High Heels To Bring Luck To Myanmar's Ex-Dictators?
The picture has been online since at least July 2019 in reports about a monk in Thailand attending a local funeral.
The photo was published here on Facebook on July 8, 2020. It has been shared more than 1,000 times.
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The post's Burmese caption translates to English as: "Oh My!!! The head monk of the mount of Min Wun???????? Hahaha.. Practicing superstitious rituals by wearing a pair of high heels by himself. LOL"
Another post with a similar claim was also published here. The post translates to English as: "Min Wun Tuang Monk wearing high heels by himself to perform rituals to avert misfortune or to bring luck for ex-dictators."
"Min Wun Tuang" refers to a monastery in Myanmar.
The posts circulated after the Myanmar government announced it would remove several Buddha statues that were donated by top leaders in the country's former military regime.
The claim in the posts is false.
A reverse image search on Google found the same photo has circulated in reports about a monk wearing heels in Thailand in 2019.
The photo was featured in this report published by Sanook, a Thai news media website, dated July 16, 2019. The report states that the image was taken at a village funeral in Thailand.
The Thai-language headline translates to English as: "Fashionista in yellow robe; netizens share image of a monk wearing high heels, not sure he wanted to or he just moved other people's shoes."
Further keyword searches also found the photo published in Thai-language posts here and here on Facebook, on July 15, 2019.
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Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading post (L) and one of the Thai Facebook posts (R):
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