SarathW wrote:Very interesting thoughts Whynotime.
Coming back to the topic I just start to wonder whether homage is about seniority and customs.
For example a newly ordained monk should bow down to senior monk.
Any female monk should bow down to any male monk irrespective of seniority.
The examples you have quoted does not match the original question. These examples are monastic rules intended to facilitate a harmonious environment, by simply avoiding any sort of conflicts that may arise due to seniority or gender!. One might argue a gender discrimination here, but consider the fact with this rule that an arahant might be paying respect to a non-arahant monk as well !., so the intention of Buddha here is clear, just avoid any seniority conflict at its root!