Raising a Baby Ghost
If you go to Thailand and see grown up people walking with dolls and talking to them like children. Don’t freak out and think they are crazy. They are just raising a nice little spoiled baby ghost because that baby ghost will make them rich, will take care of their enemies and will give them the Lotto winning numbers.
Welcome to Thailand where ghosts, spirits, magic, love spell, hate spell, death spell and above all money spell are strong and sound.
They call them Luk Thep dolls. The monk invites the spirit into the doll with prayers and chanting, the better it’s treated, the more good fortune. That new trend called “Luk Thep” dolls are made in China and the ghosting is made in Thailand.
To understand Luk Thep, we have to go back 600 years ago, during Ayutthaya period in Thailand and look at Kuman Thong “The Magic Golden Boy” effigies.
The traditional method of making a Kuman Thong effigy required the dead baby body who died whilst still in the mother’s womb.
- The dead baby body has to be removed from mother’s womb and taken to the Cemetery. The ritual had to be performed at night and completed before dawn.
- The baby dead body, had to be roasted in a fire until all fat and skin from the body burnt, leaving only a dry corpse and Nam Man Phrai, a kind of oil extracted by burning a candle close to the chin of a dead child. “Thai Baby Oil!“
- The maker of the effigy would then paint it with lacquer and cover it with gold leaf.
The government prohibited the practice of making Kuman Thong effigies since a long time ago, but they always find a way to create that Supernatural Golden Ghost!
The making of Kuman Thong effigies no longer required the usage of dead baby bodies which had now been replaced by usage of other materials, such as clay from 7 cemetery soils, special kinds of wood and metal. The spirit of a dead baby is then ritually invoked through recitation of specific mantras which will cause the spirit of the dead baby to reside in the effigy.
Although the usage of different materials have changed the traditional method of making a Kuman Thong effigy, the traditional method of worship has remained the same. The effigy should be taken care of like one’s own child, should be offered food and drinks on a regular daily basis, and toys. In return, Kuman Thongs will bring good luck and fortune.
If you see anyone carrying these Kuman Thong Amulets, just run as fast as you can. You don’t want to mess with a Thai Ghost!