He set himself on fire to create change AP IMAGES
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - The Reverend Thich Quang Duc, a 73-year-old Buddhist monk, is soaked in petrol before setting fire to himself and burning to death in front of thousands of onlookers at a main highway intersection in Saigon, Vietnam, June 11, 1963. He had previously announced that he would commit suicide in protest against what he called government persecution of Buddhists. (AP Photo/Malcolm Browne).

To bring awareness to issues that you deem important, sometimes you have to do drastic things.

Thich Quang Duc did just that.

Duc was a Buddhist monk from a small village in central Vietnam. At the age of seven, he left home to study Buddhism. When he turned 15, he took sacred vows; he was ordained at age 20. Duc was passionate about the Buddhist beliefs and wanted to use them to change the world.

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On June 11, 1963, Duc asked his fellow monks to set him on fire while he sat at a busy Saigon intersection. He was protesting the persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government. The photos of his self-immolation caught the attention of the entire world.

It has been more than 40 years since this iconic demonstration, and the image is still powerful today.

Kaitlyn Winey About the author:
Kaitlyn Winey is an associate videographer/editor for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @TheWineyWrapUp.
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