Monday, 27 May 2019

Thai girl died during a magical ritual of cleansing from defacement


Thai girl died during a magical ritual of cleansing from defacementThai girl died during a magical ritual of cleansing from defacement - Eighteen year old girl died during a magical ritual of purification from damage, which was carried out by unknown persons in Buddhist monastic clothes in a village in Chaiyaphum province in northeast Thailand.

During the ritual, "monks", whose sacred status is checked by local authorities and the monastic community, forced the girl to drink two large bowls of "consecrated water", after which she became ill and she lost consciousness. A few hours later, the victim died in the hospital, without regaining consciousness, writes the newspaper «Kom Chad Luek».

As the investigation found out, three “monks” a few weeks ago settled in an abandoned monastery near the village where the girl lived. A week ago, one of them convinced the girl’s parents that damage had been brought against her and that she needed a purification ceremony with the help of the blessed water that the “monks” produced in the monastery.

They offered this “consecrated water” to the villagers as a means to prolong life. On the wall of the garden house in the monastery, where there was a vessel with water, hung a sign: "One glass prolongs life for a year." They didn’t sell water directly, but, according to the monastic tradition, there was a box in the garden house for alms for the needs of the temple, where local people lowered money in gratitude for the “medicine” and for improving their own karma.

The investigation into the girl’s death began after the girl’s body was cremated. At the same time, the “monks” maintained contact with the parents of the deceased until the day of cremation and claimed that they would “take responsibility” for the death of their daughter. But the day after the burial they disappeared from the village and from the monastery, destroying all traces of the "consecrated water" and its production. Only then did the parents of the deceased turn to the police.

The police are looking for monks whose real names nobody knows yet. Their monastic names are not listed in the royal registry, which is maintained by the department of religious and educational affairs of the provincial administration. This still doesn’t prove that the “monks” were impostors, since thousands of monastic ordinations occur every day in Thailand and the administration doesn’t have time to process all the information. In addition, they could undergo an initiation ceremony in any of the 77 provinces of Thailand, so the police would have to check the entire national registry.

But the police, the provincial administration, and the leaders of the monastic community of Chaiyaphum Province have serious doubts that the three "fighters against  defacement" were indeed monks.


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