The familial ties that bind these people will hold for only a few more hours. The closest kin are called forward to strip the renunciants of worldly possessions—each piece of jewellery is removed and tucked away. Not a single face betrays nerves or reluctance. There are only loose, uncontained grins.
Not surprising. Reading this from a position of understanding. Maybe, that understanding is one’s own, yet makes this appear as a perfectly reasonable act.