There’s a widespread perception among Thais that women are not meant to play an active role in monastic life, instead, they are expected to live as lay followers, making merit in the hopes of being born to a different role in their next life.As a result, women primarily participate in religious life either as lay participants or by doing domestic work around temples. A small number of women choose to become Mae Ji, non-ordained religious specialists who permanently observe either the eight or ten precepts. Mae Ji do not generally receive the level of support given to ordained
monks, and their position in Thai society is the
subject of some discussion.